UPDATED 6:44 AM PT — Monday, April 29, 2019
President Trump recently reached out to the rabbi of the California synagogue, where a deadly shooting took place over the weekend.
In a tweet Monday, the president said he extended his warmest condolences to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and all those affected by the tragedy. He called the rabbi a “great guy,” and said all he wanted to do is help others even though he was injured himself.
I spoke at length yesterday to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Chabad of Poway, where I extended my warmest condolences to him and all affected by the shooting in California. What a great guy. He had a least one finger blown off, and all he wanted to do is help others. Very special!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2019
During an earlier press conference, the rabbi said President Trump was “exceedingly kind” and spoke to him like a friend. He also said the president reassured him fighting anti-Semitism was a high priority of his administration.
“He shared with me condolences on behalf of the United States of America, and we spoke about the moment of silence and he spoke about his love of peace and Judaism and Israel,” said Rabbi Goldstein. “And he was just so comforting…I’m really grateful to our president for taking the time, and making that effort to share with us his comfort and consolation.”
The rabbi and two others were wounded in the incident, while one woman died after being shot while jumping in front of the rabbi to protect him. That woman — Lori Gilbert Kay — is being hailed a hero for her actions and will be laid to rest Monday.