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Trump Note At Holocaust Museum Was "Outrageous"

Some observers are less than impressed with the entry left by President Donald Trump in the guest book at Israel's Holocaust memorial museum.

Social media users described Trump's brief comment as "outrageous" and "sad," according to the Independent.

Trump's note was less than 140 characters long, meaning it could have been posted as a tweet.

"It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends," wrote Trump, the Independent reported. "So amazing + will never forget!"

One U.S. journalist dismissed Trump's remarks as something a teenager would write.

"The note Trump left at Israel's Holocaust memorial is what you write in someone's yearbook that you don't know very well," the journalist said.

Trump was previously criticized after issuing a statement on Holocaust Memorial Day that failed to explicitly mention the millions of victims who had died.

Others noted that Trump spent 30 minutes touring the museum, while his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, spent a full hour.

The Yad Vashem institute commemorates the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. It was visited by Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign.

"I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution," wrote Obama in 2008 in the guest book. "At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man's potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim 'never again.' And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who helped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit."

Margot Herschenbaum, a Holocaust survivor, shed tears at the museum May 23 when a replica of an album belonging to her sister, who died during the Holocaust, was given to Trump as a gift.

"This place and this entire nation are testimony to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people and the hope that light can shine the path beyond the darkness," Trump said in a speech outside the Hall of remembrance, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The president described the Holocaust as "history's darkest hour" and "the most savage crime against God and his children."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Trump's speech was "incredibly moving."

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev stated that Trump's visit was about three things: commemoration of the victims as people rather than numbers, ongoing remembrance, and the need to take action to deal with evil, terrorism and conflict today.

"He understands the connection that those who remember and enact these moral obligations, are more likely to deal with the same expressions of hate, evil and conflict that exist today," he added.

Sources: Independent via Yahoo News, Jerusalem Post / Photo credit: The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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