Trump marking Holocaust remembrance vows to combat denialism

President Donald Trump pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denialism, and to defend Israel in a speech marking the national days of Holocaust remembrance.

US President Donald Trump spoke at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and promised survivors present at the ceremony to fight rising anti-Semitism.

In a speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump says those who would deny that 6 million Jews were killed by Germany's Nazi leadership during World War II "are an accomplice of this frightful evil".

The museum will also unveil a new research center during Trump's appearance, a forum that will include details records and artifacts donated by Jews who were persecuted by Hitler during the Holocaust. Trump's spokesmen subsequently said they were aiming at an "inclusive" statement to cover Jews and non-Jews murdered in the Holocaust, although the term is applied by historians exclusively to the Jewish genocide. "And I will always stand with our great friend and partner the state of Israel", Trump said.

"This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism. I say it, never again".

Spicer bungled a follow-up comment when he referred to concentration camps as "Holocaust centers".

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(President Trump) "We will stamp out prejudice".

And in April, Trump's top official spokesman Sean Spicer faced backlash when he said that Adolf Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons".

Mr. Trump's remarks are part of the week-long Days of Remembrance of the US commemoration of the Holocaust. Those remarks were striking given that Hitler killed millions of Jews, including German citizens, many in gas chambers.

When previously asked about the issue, he has pointed to his personal ties to Judaism - through his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who practices Orthodox Judaism, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted before her marriage to Kushner.

"It only takes one light to illuminate even the darkest space, just like it takes only truth to crush a thousand lies and one hero to change the course of history", he said.