Ambassador to Israel on Trump's Charlottesville Reaction: This Wasn't Fine

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, center, visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, May 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

While Trump reeled off his responses to the Charlottesville tragedy at his Phoenix rally (conveniently leaving out the part about “many sides”), in an attempt to show that he did speak appropriately, his appointment to the ambassadorship to Israel, David Friedman, had his own views.


“I think the reaction wasn’t fine, but you know — I’d rather talk about Boeing today,” he told the reporter at an aerospace event, according to The Jerusalem Post.

I understand why he wants to crawdad his way out of that one.

The ambassador is one of the only Trump administration officials to publicly disapprove of the president’s response to Charlottesville, where one person was killed and 19 were injured after a car allegedly driven by a man with reported ties to white supremacists plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

Friedman isn’t alone, though the number of those within the administration willing to speak up are few.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who is Jewish, said last week that Trump had “done a good job speaking for himself” but said it was a “dishonor” to U.S. military veterans to let Nazis go unchallenged.

“It is a dishonor to our country’s veterans to allow the Nazis and the white supremacists to go unchallenged,” Shulkin said. “And I am strongly against them, and I believe that we have to all speak up as Americans.”


I’ve said it elsewhere, and I’ll say it again: Too many Americans bled and died on foreign soil to fight against the ideology that was on display in Charlottesville to allow it to go unchallenged.

And for added flavor: Too many have died in the past, and are dying now under Socialist and Communist rule to allow some that want to be seen as the “righteous ones,” while tearing down historical monuments to be allowed the high ground in this debate.

For the rest of us, we have a leader who is not leading in this very volatile time, and we will all pay the price for his hubris.


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