President Trump extends condolences to all affected by Calif. synagogue shooting

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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.

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.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, right, is hugged as he leaves a news conference at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Poway, Calif. A man opened fire Saturday inside the synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day of a major Jewish holiday. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

“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.

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