Trump holds his first White House Hanukkah party

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A day after President Donald Trump appeared to garble his words in a public address, the White House announced that Trump will have a physical exam early next year and make the results public, NBC News reported. "You do have faith and you do have resilience", Trump said.

Trump was standing by his wife, Melania.

But despite a dearth of decorations - or dreidels - Trump's Jewish grandchildren (the kids of Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner) lit a menorah.

"Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future", Trump said. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have endured unthinkable persecution and oppression.

Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik were also in the room.

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In an interview with Breitbart News, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said of the physical move, "I'm sure it's going to happen". Soloveichik is director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, and the rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan.

He then introduced Louise Lawrence-Israels, a Holocaust survivor who spent the first three years of her life hiding in an attic in Amsterdam.

The crowd at the event did not include any Democratic members of Congress or leaders of the Reform Movement, and many of those in attendance were Orthodox Jewish supporters of the President.

"I have no doubt that evangelicals played a meaningful role in this decision", said Johnnie Moore, a California pastor who serves as a spokesman for a council of leading evangelicals that advises the White House.

Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman, whose office oversees White House party planning said the limited guest list was due to the president's "more personal than political approach".

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