White House press secretary Sarah Sanders choked up on Monday while discussing Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Sanders said during a press briefing on Monday that the nation is mourning the loss of the 11 congregants killed during the synagogue shooting, and added her prayers and thanks to the police officers and first responders for responding “swiftly and bravely.”
“In the wake of the attack, we have witnessed Americans of every faith and tradition coming together to mourn with their fellow citizens, to support one another and to stand in solidarity with America’s Jewish community,” Sanders said.
“The president cherishes the American-Jewish community for everything it stands for and contributes to our country. He adores Jewish-Americans as part of his own family. The president is the grandfather of several Jewish children,” Sanders said, her voice starting to crack. “His daughter is a Jewish-American and his son-in-law is a descendent of Holocaust survivors.”
Sanders concluded her opening statement at the briefing by announcing that Trump and first lady Melania Trump would visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.