President Trump visited Israel’s Holocaust Museum and Memorial on Tuesday at the tail-end of his brief trip to the nation. During remarks at Yad Vashem, Trump called the Holocaust history’s “darkest hour.”
“It was the most savage crime against God and his children, and it is our solemn duty to remember, to mourn, to grieve and to honor every single life that was so cruelly and viciously taken,” Trump said.
The President and First Lady Melania Trump signed Yad Vashem’s guest book and left a short note about their time in the solemn space.
The note read:
The note marked a contrast with that left by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, who spent over an hour in the museum, as well as other top U.S. leaders who have visited the memorial.
Here’s what President Obama’s note said:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Yad Vashem in 2009 during her first visit to the region in her role. Clinton left a lengthier note as well, writing:
When President George W. Bush visited in 2008. He too left a brief message, simply signing his name and “God Bless Israel,” during his visit.
First Lady Laura Bush left a more eloquent note when she visited in 2005.