President Donald Trump sent his daughter and son-in-law to Jerusalem on Monday for the opening of the relocated US Embassy there.
Moving the embassy’s location from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which broke with decades of diplomatic tradition, has prompted peaceful protests against the decision from Palestinians, but Israeli troops shot and killed at least 58 protesters while some 2,700 others were injured.
The demonstrations were not mentioned during the embassy ceremony, but many people took to social media to call out White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher for celebrating the opening in the wake of such deadly violence:
My god, this image pic.twitter.com/e0xd7SEvq8
— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) May 14, 2018
Kushner and Ivanka’s presence and public roles at this Jerusalem embassy opening are outlandish. They are Assistants to the President. They have no business and no rank to be speaking for the country at a geopolitical flash point. We don’t have Princes and princesses in America
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 15, 2018
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) May 14, 2018
Ivanka “Daddy’s Little Diplomat” Trump opens the new Jerusalem embassy with the traditional, seductive ‘I’m pretending to be a supermodel’ kiss to cameras [at 33 seconds], famous in diplomatic circles since John Adams coquettishly opened the White House.pic.twitter.com/xKo4M9VLoy
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) May 14, 2018
Jared Kushner failed to disclose that he served as a director for a foundation that funded a controversial Israeli settlement. Is he really the right person to serve as part of the US delegation to Jerusalem?https://t.co/mt8aifJUDk
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 14, 2018
On Monday’s Late Show, host Stephen Colbert said that Trump has been “futzing in the Middle East, opening the US embassy in Jerusalem,” Colbert joked. “Now we’ve just got to destabilize Antarctica, and we’ll have Global Crisis Bingo.”
In response to moving the embassy, deadly violence has broken out, but according to the US ambassador to Israel, the act of moving the embassy sends the message to Israel that “You are not alone.”
It’s true. Israel is not alone. There’s a bunch of other people who live there too. They’re the angry ones. Instead, he sent Peace Treaty Barbie and Collusion Ken.
He then played a clip of Kushner speaking, with Colbert overdubbing his voice to say,
When there is peace in this region, we will look back upon this day and remember that the journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth.
The New York Daily News tore into Trump and first daughter Ivanka on is Tuesday morning cover:
An early look at Tuesday's front… pic.twitter.com/ZAK1Vk5ACW
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 15, 2018
The News called her “Daddy’s Little Ghoul” for being “all smiles” at the embassy while the violence was occurring in Gaza.
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