Spicer: Criticism of Holocaust Remembrance Statement Is 'Pathetic'
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blasted the recent criticism over President Donald Trump's official statement that marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Critics pointed out Friday that the White House statement did not specifically mention the Jews who were killed or anti-Semitism.
The White House stood by the decision Sunday, saying the statement was crafted to be "inclusive" for all who were killed in the Holocaust.
Spicer said the "nitpicking" of the language in the statement is "just ridiculous." He said the statement was crafted with help from an individual who "is both Jewish and the descendant of Holocaust survivors."
"It is pathetic that people are picking on a statement. ... [The president] acknowledged the suffering that existed and wants to make sure it is enshrined in the American people's memory so that something like this never, ever happens again," he said.
Spicer said the president has shown "tremendous respect" for Israel, contrasting that to the Obama administration's actions at the United Nations last month and on the Iran nuclear deal.
"Where were the questions about the U.N. Security Council resolution? The idea of this unprecedented step that the outgoing administration took as a massive slap in the face of Israel. Where were the questions then?" he asked.
In an interview Sunday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said it was "no coincidence" that Trump signed his controversial travel ban on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Spicer also announced at the briefing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit on Feb. 15.
Watch the full exchange above.