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Trump's Holocaust Museum Note Upsets Many (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani

President Donald Trump's comment in Israel's Holocaust museum's visitor book has sparked controversy.

"It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends -- so amazing and will never forget!" wrote Trump while visiting one of Israel's most solemn sites, Yad Vashem, the New York Magazine reports.

To some, the brief note contrasted sharply to former President Barack Obama's 2013 more somber, longer note.

"It is humbling and inspiring to visit and remember the visionary who began the remarkable establishment of the State Of Israel," wrote Obama. "May our two countries possess the same vision and will to secure peace and prosperity for future generations."

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In comparison, some deemed Trump's relatively casual tone inappropriate.

Some made fun of the guest book message, making jokes at the president's expense.

"A bit odd that he signed said document as though it were the guest book at bar mitzvah," remarked Eric Levitz for New York Magazine.

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"[Donald Trump's] message in the guest book at [Israeli President Ruvi Rivlin's] residence," tweeted Times of Israel correspondent, Raoul Wootliff, attaching a photo of it. "Not many people can use the word "GREAT" twice in one sentence."

A few were less amused and more angry.

"What an embarrassment!" tweeted one person. "The current US 'president' is ignorant, illiterate & disrespectful."

To others, it was simply another reason to mourn the fact Obama was no longer president.

"Oh I miss [Obama] and his intelligence and class," tweeted one person.

"It is such a loss and to add to it, we are burdened by Obama's direct opposite," agreed another. "The contrast in how he made people feel, secure in good hands."

CNN reporter Kate Bennett pointed out Trump was not alone in writing a relatively short guest book note at the same museum.

"God Bless Israel" is all President George W. Bush wrote while visiting Yad Vashem in January 2008.

Still, it's not the first time Trump's administration has cause an uproar over remarks made about the Holocaust.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House failed to mention Jews in its official statement, upsetting many.

Later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer shocked many when he compared Syrian President Bashar Assad to German dictator Adolf Hitler.

"You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said.

"He was not using the gas on his own people, the same way that Assad was doing," he later clarified, sparking even more controversy. "There was not -- he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But I’m saying, in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down, to innocents -- in the middle of town."

Sources: New York (2), Raoul Wootliff/Twitter, CNN / Photo credit: Rob Bertholf/Flickr, Raoul Wootliff/Twitter

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