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Last Thursday, during an online meeting with Jewish leaders ahead of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, President Biden said that shortly after the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018, he visited the synagogue and met with the local rabbi and heads of the local Jewish community. To express his condolences to offer assistance.
“I remember visiting the Tree of Life Synagogue, you know, I talked to them,” Biden said in the virtual meeting with the Jewish leaders. However, Rabbi Feig, director of the Tree of Life community, told The Post that contrary to the president’s claim, Biden did not visit the synagogue after the murderous attack that claimed the lives of 11 Jewish worshipers.
“No, Biden did not visit the synagogue, even before he took office and when he still had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-presidential candidate,” Paige told The Post. Following the denial of the heads of the community and the Tree of Life Synagogue, the White House admitted that Biden did not visit the synagogue but spoke on the phone with the community rabbi.
“Biden referred to a conversation he had with the rabbi of ‘Tree of Life’ in 2019,” a White House source told Fox News. The massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh took place on Saturday, October 27, 2018, when Robert Bowers, a 48-year-old American citizen who held antisemitic and white supremacist views, entered the synagogue and opened fire at worshipers who were there at the time shouting “all Jews must die.”
Eleven worshipers were killed in the attack, and Bowers is currently on trial when the prosecution demands that he be sentenced to death. The person who visited the Tree of Life Synagogue immediately after the murderous attack was then-President Donald Trump, who arrived at the scene accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.