Trump to Visit U.S. Holocaust Museum on Tuesday

The visit will be an opportunity for the U.S. president to change his administration's troubled record regarding Holocaust remembrance

U.S. President Donald Trump before the signing of an executive order in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. on Tuesday morning and make public remarks, just a day after Israel's official annual Holocaust commemoration, the White House said on Sunday.

The visit, which was first reported in the newsletter Axios, will be an opportunity for Trump to change his administration's troubled record regarding Holocaust remembrance. In January, the White House published a statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day which omitted any reference to Jews. Just two weeks ago, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Hitler did not use gas against "his own people."

In March, members of the House of Representatives' task-force against anti-Semitism, visited the museum, which is situated just minutes away from Capitol Hill. Congressman Ted Deutch told Haaretz after the visit that the group came to the museum in order to learn together about history and to send a message that combating anti-Semitism is not a partisan issue, and should be a priority for leaders from both parties.

In early March, Ivanka Trump visited the museum together with her husband, Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump. After their visit, it was reported that Trump himself was planning a visit to the museum, too.