While meeting with several state attorneys general, President Trump offered a questionable statement regarding the rise of anti-Semitic hate crimes and threats that have taken place across the country.
"He just said, 'Sometimes it's the reverse, to make people — or to make others — look bad,' and he used the word 'reverse' I would say two to three times in his comments," Shapiro told Buzzfeed. "He did correctly say at the top that it was reprehensible."
Shapiro added that Trump would be speaking on the issue on Tuesday night. When Buzzfeed asked if Shapiro could elaborate on the president’s comments, he responded, "I really don't know what he means, or why he said that.”
The White House has not yet commented on these statements.
"We are astonished by what the President reportedly said. It is incumbent upon the White House to immediately clarify these remarks. In light of the ongoing attacks on the Jewish community, it is also incumbent upon the President to lay out in his speech tonight his plans for what the federal government will do to address this rash of anti-Semitic incidents,” Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of ADL, said in a statement.
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