Trump condemns anti-Semitic threats and Kansas City attack in major speech to Congress

President Donald Trump kicked off his first major address to Congress on Tuesday night with a call for unity, condemning a recent rise in threats against Jewish community centers and schools.

"Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains," the president said.

"Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms," he added.

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The shooting in Kansas City, which he referenced, was his first public address of an apparent hate crime that was committed last week, when a man opened fire on Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two Indian-born immigrants and engineers who he allegedly taunted with racial slurs. One died while the other was wounded

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US President Donald Trump (C) arrives to address a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, center, arrives for a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. President Trump will press Congress to carry out his priorities for replacing Obamacare, jump-starting the economy and bolstering the nation's defenses in an address eagerly awaited by lawmakers, investors and the public who want greater clarity on his policy agenda.

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"Get out of my country," Adam Purinton, the 51-year-old suspect, allegedly yelled before the attack. He has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.

The White House formally condemned the alleged hate crime in a statement released earlier on Tuesday.

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While it was not his first time addressing the rise in Jewish threats, which Trump condemned as horrible during an appearance last week, Trump had faced criticism from some liberal opponents who criticized him for failing to address the Kansas City attack. Others insinuated he had failed to speak out against forcefully enough against a rise of anti-Semitism.

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That was a home run. Here is my statement on @POTUS #JointAddress to Congress: https://t.co/JXwyBq1aHx https://t.co/sDYHBmAbHo
.@realDonaldTrump’s speech to #JointSession was utterly disconnected from the cruel reality of his conduct. https://t.co/rzfNSGDKDH
.@POTUS' speech tonight clearly reaffirmed his heartfelt commitment to putting America first. #JointSession https://t.co/2rCVSwMx8V
My response to President Trump’s address to Congress: https://t.co/rVEIsnjKNW
How can one remain seated when POTUS promised to invest in women's health, accessible/affordable childcare...? #JointAddress
Buy American, right? #JointSession https://t.co/3NlqnqCQRF
Casey Statement on President’s Address to Congress #JointSession https://t.co/RWOvqvtYYJ
My full statement regarding the #JointAddress @POTUS gave tonight are here: https://t.co/xIfzUnMAVO https://t.co/b7eu8D68DQ
What the President says to the working people & what the President does for the wealthy & special interests are at odds.
Great to see @DenishaMweather recognized at tonight’s #JointSession. She is a remarkable example of the power and potential of school choice
President Trump’s #JointAddress this evening was more of the same. Read my full statement ↓ #BrokenPromises https://t.co/5aJ0ee4V6a
Using tragic deaths to push disgusting stereotypes about immigrants in #JointAddress is sick. Stunned
Nearly 75% of working-aged people in California are immigrants. Our economy depends on them. (Not an alternative fact). #JointSession
I applaud the appointment of Judge Gorsuch and agree the Senate should move forward on his confirmation soon #JointAddress
Pleased the @POTUS is placing emphasis on our military and defense spending. We're long overdue. #JointSession MM
Repealing #ACA w/out responsible replacement will affect 20M newly insured individuals and families including >5M Californians
My statement on President Trump's Joint Address to Congress. #MAGA https://t.co/oFwhD8zQLs
I applaud Pres. Trump's call for unity tonight. Americans must come together to solve our problems as a nation.… https://t.co/kSvfNFTiH0
.@realDonaldTrump's words tonight were encouraging - and already, he is matching those words with meaningful action… https://t.co/fXv1HSXd8y
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asks "whether the president cares enough about violence in our city to do more than talk… https://t.co/1Ui40Pqn0c
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The White House issued another statement on Monday after reports emerged that 16 different Jewish community centers and schools had been targeted in a fifth wave of bomb threats.

Trump, whose daughter Ivanka and son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner are Jewish, has repeatedly described himself as one of the least racist people ever.

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