Trump 'unbelievably' tough on anti-semitism, says White House

Spicer lamented the criticism on the subject, saying that he's denounced anti-Semitism prior to Tuesday.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily press briefing on Tuesday was less combative than some of his previous encounters with the press, but he did reiterate President Trump's disappointment with some of the media coverage while also acknowledging the importance of a free press.

"I wish that they had praised the President for his leadership in this area", Spicer said.

In his answer Spicer characterized this statement, saying "it was an unbelievably forceful comment by the president as far as his denunciation of the actions now targeting Jewish community centers, but I think he has been very clear previous to this that he wants to be somebody that brings this country together not divide people especially in those areas".

"I will tell you that anti-Semitism is terrible, and it's going to stop and it has to stop", Trump said.

"He has deep respect for the First Amendment, for the role of the press", the White House press secretary went on.

The remarks came amid growing pressure for Trump to speak out against anti-Semitism, a conversation that picked up steam after the president balked at an Orthodox Jewish reporter who asked him a question on the topic last week.

In a statement posted to social media, The Anne Frank Centre for Mutual Respect has said: "Mr. President, your too little, too late acknowledgement of antisemitism today is not enough".

Spicer added that Trump's success as a businessman and negotiator should be seen as a positive sign, and "that's what we are going to continue to work with Russia; He'll get a deal if he can, he won't if he won't, but he is going to try".

  • Leroy Wright