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‘An amazing friend of the Jewish community’: Jewish leaders support Grenell appointment to Holocaust memorial council

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday named three of his supporters to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, including Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence. 

Many Jewish leaders supported the decision, including founder of Americans Against Antisemitism (AAA) Dov Hikind.

“I know Grenell, he’s an amazing guy, I think he’s a great addition. His sensitivity to the Holocaust, the Jewish people… I am absolutely thrilled,” Hikind, who is the son of Holocaust survivors, told reporter Jennie Taer on Wednesday.

Grenell served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany before overseeing the nation’s 17 spy agencies, which made him the first openly gay person to hold a Cabinet position. He previously served as U.S. spokesman at the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration.

“He is a very special individual with tremendous sensitivity for other people and an amazing friend of the Jewish community in every single way. I wish more of my Jewish friends were as committed as he is to the Jewish people,” Hikind continued.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established by Congress in 1980 to supervise the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Trump previously nominated other allies to the council, including Andrew Giuliani, the son of the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

Grenell will serve a five-year term on the Council.

“He is a wonderful addition to anything relating to the Holocaust because of who he is and what he’s all about,” Hikind said.

Jennie Taer contributed to this report.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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