President Trumps Speech In Riyadh

05/22/2017 05:05 pm ET | Updated 2 hours ago

THE HILL

Speaking to leaders from across the Muslim world, it was important that President Tump addressed the growing threats from terrorism and extremism which have threatened America, Europe and the Middle East. For there to be stability across the Arab world it is vital that there is religious tolerance, by encouraging countries to take control of the fight against extremism themselves, President Trump is increasing the chances of a lasting peace. The US cannot fight this battle alone and it is important for individual States to realise the role they must play. President Trump was correct to address the “common values and shared interests” that the United States shares with its Saudi allies and others in the region. As I have witnessed first-hand, the countries of the Gulf, the United States and Israel have many mutual interests and concerns and remember there is an opportunity to build a positive relationship that benefits all parties.

The Jewish community has been the target of religious terrorism both in Israel and across the world. It is incredibly poignant that President Trump specified his desire to stand with the Jewish community in the fight against terrorism and his statement will help build bridges between the Jewish and Muslim community. As President Trump now makes his way to Israel, the American Jewish Congress hopes that he will be able to continue to create a positive atmosphere of dialogue which can lead to progress in the fight against Islamic State as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

The President’s Trip Could Serve A Positive Purpose

05/22/2017 05:22 pm ET

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President Trump’s current trip, one in which he will meet with leaders of all three major religions is both a necessary positive step in his presidency.

Regardless of how you feel about all the hoopla going on surrounding the Trump administration right now, the fact remains that the man IS president, and as such, he needs to continue to execute the duties of the office.

The world is a volatile place right now and doing everything possible to keep escalating tensions to a minimum is a positive for everybody.

Admittedly, the president got off to a rough start in Saudi Arabia, where I would have liked to have seen him buck the trend of kissing the Saudi ring, so to speak. We all know what the Saudi Arabian government has done in the past and continues to do now, and despite this, we hear next to nothing from our country’s most powerful lawmakers, let alone past presidents.

It was my hope that President Trump – who ran as a complete wild card that was not beholden to anybody – would lean on the Saudis a little bit about their human rights violations and maybe even try to convince them that they should use the vast land and resources they have to take in some refugees from the region. While he did not do this, it was merely his first visit with the Saudis, so perhaps he will be a little bolder as he goes along.

That said, it was important the president show that despite all the rhetoric and heated debate, he does not hate all Muslims and think they are evil. As President Trump himself said, getting the help of the Muslim world to help destroy the extremists is crucial in the battle against ISIS and Al Qaeda, and hopefully saying he is anti-extremist and not anti-Muslim is a good start.

The Pope and the president had their fair share of disagreements throughout the 2016 campaign, but again, it is important that the president show he can put that behind him and be a unifier. Many Catholics voted for the president and see the Pope as their spiritual leader, so president Trump being able to have a dialogue with the Pope would show a level of maturity that he sometimes seems to lack when it comes to those who criticize him.

Most importantly, though, it is crucial that the president make the most of this trip as a way to reaffirm our alliance to our #1 ally Israel, and reassure Prime Minister Netanyahu and the citizens of his nation that America has Israel’s back. Whatever your thoughts are on President Obama’s policy towards Israel, it is unquestionable that Prime Minister Netanyahu believed he was getting the cold shoulder from the United States over the past eight years, something that must end under President Trump.

Again, this trip isn’t going to heal the world and it isn’t going to make the issues surrounding the president go away. But it could serve a positive purpose and start a few worthwhile dialogues. If nothing else, given all of the other madness going on right now, we should all be happy for that.

The Immigration Issue Isn’t Going Away, No Matter How Much We Wish It Would

05/19/2017 04:41 pm ET

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If you are not familiar with Sandra Duran, you can read about her here. She wasn’t a famous actress or singer, nor was she some rich socialite or anybody in the public eye at all.

She was just a mother in her car driving in Los Angeles when a drunken man named Estuardo Alvarado smashed into her car and killed her.

Duran leaves behind children that will now grow up without a mother, which I find especially awful since I have several children myself and cannot even bear the thought of being taken from them now, let alone before they were grown.

This is all bad enough, but made far worse by the fact that Alvarado had already fled the scene of another accident he had just caused. Worse than that, though, was the fact that he was here illegally, had a rap sheet a mile long, was previously deported multiple times, yet still somehow remained in the country.

Let’s start with the obvious: not all immigrants here illegally are violent criminals, and some have even presented evidence – though it has been hotly disputed – that they commit fewer crimes on net than American citizens.

Except the problem is, whether those claims are true or not, there is no getting around the fact that each crime committed by somebody here illegally is a crime that simply would not have happened if that person had not been here.

Does this mean I am suggesting all those here illegally should be rounded up and deported? Of course not. But it does mean that if we cannot even respect immigration laws enough to keep somebody like Alvarado – a man with over 20 felonies and misdemeanors on his record – out of the country, then those laws are a failure and need to be fixed immediately.

It also means that we may want to take a deeper look at some of the other costs of illegal immigration.

Being that I am somebody who came to this country many years ago as an immigrant from Pakistan, I know better than anybody the incredible opportunities America can offer. I came here with nothing and I was able to become a very successful doctor and live an amazing life. But I came here legally and did everything the right way.

And while I sympathize with those who are undocumented – whether they snuck in unlawfully or just overstayed their visas – there is a reason why countries need to have at least some control of their borders. As much as I want to see as many people as possible come here from other countries and do well, when somebody comes here as an undocumented worker, there are people who suffer as a result.

For starters, there are those who wait in line for legal citizenship only to be bypassed and essentially punished for following the law.

But there are also negative consequences for some American workers, especially those who are most in need. As both Senator Bernie Sanders and President Trump pointed out during the 2016 campaign, there are millions of Americans who are suffering. Unskilled laborers haven’t had a significant raise in wages in many years and quite a few of them struggle to find or keep steady employment.

When an undocumented immigrant enters the labor force, this drives down wages for those aforementioned unskilled laborers, because employers would prefer to pay those immigrants the artificially low wages that are far below what an American citizen may accept under the minimum wage laws.

Furthermore, the market becomes flooded with a much greater supply of this cheap, unskilled labor, and fewer jobs exist for working class Americans. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT blaming these immigrants. It is still better for them to make the low wages in this country than it would be to have stayed in their home countries and worked. They are doing what they feel is best for them.

But that doesn’t mean we cannot admit that such lax policies towards illegal immigration come at a cost to many working American citizens.

And in more extreme cases, that cost can be the life of somebody like Sandra Duran.

Many have opposed the border wall, which I completely understand since the logistics of getting it done are both difficult and costly. Plus I’m not so sure it would work, anyway. Nor do I think amnesty in any form is the answer, as that doesn’t fix anything and ultimately just rewards those who broke the law.

But what I do know is that the current lawlessness as it pertains to this issue is flat out unacceptable. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I know damn well that it isn’t to just turn a blind eye as this problem continues to get worse with seemingly no end in sight.

It’s time for some real leadership on this issue, whether it is from the White House, the congress, or some completely outside entity that steps up with good, practical ideas. As a nation, we have twiddled our thumbs about this for far too long and something needs to be done about it before it becomes a problem so big that it becomes impossible to ever solve.

An Independent Investigation Is Underway, But Will You Accept The Results?

05/18/2017 05:04 pm ET

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Congratulations to those who were loudly screaming for an independent investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign. In case you missed it, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as independent counsel to run the investigation.

I wrote previously that I believe an independent investigation was not the best idea given the poor results those investigations have produced over the years, and the fact that the FBI is stocked full of trained investigators who are better suited than anybody to undertake an investigation of this magnitude.

I still feel that way.

However, if there is going to be an independent counsel, I am glad it is Robert Mueller.

In case you are unaware of Mueller’s background, he was picked by former President George W Bush to take over the FBI, taking the reins just one week before the 9/11 attacks occurred. He earned the respect of everybody across the political aisle when he – along with James Comey (yes, THAT James Comey) who was Deputy Attorney General at the time – threatened to resign their posts if the Bush administration did not make major changes to its domestic wiretapping program.

In fact, Mueller was so highly regarded that Barack Obama asked him to stay on an additional two years when his original ten year term was up.

At the time, Obama called Mueller the “gold standard” of FBI directors, adding “given the ongoing threats facing the United States, as well as the leadership transitions at other agencies like the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency, I believe continuity and stability at the FBI is critical at this time. I am grateful for his leadership, and ask Democrats and Republicans in Congress to join together in extending that leadership for the sake of our nation’s safety and security.”

If you noticed James Comey’s name in connection with Mueller earlier, it is because they are close personal friends and Comey took over for Mueller as FBI director in 2013. Mueller is going to have to put business over friendship if he is going to truly conduct a fair, independent investigation, and most people seem to think he will.

While I support the president, I believe we should see how the investigation plays out, and if it turns out that everybody’s worst fears about president Trump and the Russians are true, we need to be willing to take action against him.

But this whole situation begs an honest question to those who have been crowing about Russia and President Trump for months, seemingly non-stop: Does this satisfy you?

More importantly, if I may paraphrase a question asked of President Trump in the lead up to the 2016 election, will you accept the results of the investigation as legitimate?

Let’s say Robert Mueller holds a press conference months from now and announces that the investigation has uncovered nothing that would be considered significant wrongdoing, will that be enough for you to move on from this whole subject?

If the answer is “yes,” then I give you credit for being open-minded and reasonable in your desire to simply see if anything objectionable actually occurred.

If the answer is “no,” then you should probably just go ahead and admit that your mind is already made up and you don’t care as much about the possibility of Russian collusion as you do undermining a democratically elected president at every turn, regardless of the facts.

I suspect that even if President Trump is exonerated by the Mueller investigation, the accusations of treason and calls for impeachment from those who despise the president and are consumed every waking hour with thoughts of taking him down somehow, will not cease.

I hope I’m wrong. But I’m pretty sure I’m not.

Wait To Get All The Facts Before Losing Your Mind

05/17/2017 04:59 pm ET

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The entire world is going crazy over the New York Times’ report about former FBI Director James Comey’s rumored memo detailing meetings with President Trump in which he asked Comey if he could let the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn go.

The report was anonymously sourced and we have yet to see any physical evidence of this memo or hear anything about it from Comey. So we should all approach the story with healthy skepticism until such time that we see proof.

So far during the Trump Presidency, we have seen an unprecedented number of leaks coming from all over the place. Current staffers. Former staffers. Some of the leaks have proven to be accurate. Others have been incorrect and seem to have been driven by those with an agenda.

While President Trump isn’t blameless here – he has tweeted recklessly and insulted certain people and organizations giving them a motive to want to hurt him – the lengths to which some with agendas seem willing to go to try to “bring down” the president is a major area of concern.

It isn’t concerning because of President Trump himself. Plenty dislike him intensely and wish to see him harmed politically and that is fine. What is not fine is using the fact that you so despise the president that you use the media to leak things that are either not true or flat out have no business being aired in public.

Just to be clear, I’m not blaming the reporters who are writing the stories based on these leaks. They have a job to do and these leaks ARE news.

But to those doing the leaking, I suggest you think about what you are doing. You may think you are just undermining the current president, but you are really undermining the entire process. After all, if you can set this precedent now, what is to stop others from doing the exact same thing to the next president, or the one after that?

As for the current issue involving James Comey, he has been subpoenaed by congress and so has the rumored memo regarding his conversation with the president. We will hear from him soon enough and see what he has to say. At that point, we can all logically sit down and try to figure out what to make of it.

But for now, the rumor and innuendo make for great chatter, and raises plenty of questions, but until we get actual answers, everybody would be wise to take the leaks with a grain of salt and wait to get the full story. Until we hear more from the key parties involved and get all the facts laid out in front of us, it would be wise to remember a very old saying: believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.

Cooper Isn’t A Sexist, He’s Just Disrespectful….But He’s Not The Only One

05/16/2017 05:31 pm ET

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My old friend Kellyanne Conway seems to have a way of finding herself front and center in the news cycle these days.

First, there was the incident on CNN where Anderson Cooper rolled his eyes at her during an interview. Then there was MSNBC’s Mika Brezinski claiming on-air that during past interviews on behalf of President Trump, Kellyanne would claim “I need a shower” after the cameras were off.

The Anderson Cooper incident has been branded as sexist by some people, but that is silly. Unprofessional? Sure. Disrespectful? Absolutely. But sexist? No. This had far more to do with the president Kellyanne represents than anything having to do with her gender, and pretending otherwise plays right into the absurd identity politics so many of us have long detested.

As far as Mika Brezinski, the unprofessional manner in which she conducted herself was far worse than what Cooper did. I obviously have no way of knowing if Kellyanne said what Brezinski claims she said, but comments made off-air like that are generally understood to be off the record. But because Brezinski hates President Trump – and by extension Kellyanne – so much, she didn’t care.

It’s a tad ironic since she and her co-host/fiancé Joe Scarborough had no problem using the president for ratings when he was a candidate. But that’s her cross to bear.

The larger problem here, though, is that Cooper and Brezinski are representative of a much deeper issue, which is that it seems the media thinks it is ok to toss out all the rules when covering President Trump because they so strongly dislike him.

Let’s be honest here: Kellyanne Conway is somebody who is paid to push the president’s narrative. So is Sean Spicer, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and several others. So was Josh Earnest, Robert Gibbs, Jay Carney, David Axelrod, etc…..

All of these people are well-compensated spin doctors. They know it, we know it, and the media knows it. Thus, the media’s job is to understand that fact going in and aggressively challenge them during interviews.

The issue here is that despite the fact so many past spin doctors played very fast and loose with the facts that didn’t suit their agendas, they were never disrespected to the level that the representatives of President Trump have been.

The press are supposed to be the people who bring the truth to light, but it becomes much harder for the news to be reported fairly when the entire press corps hates the president so much that they lose and all objectivity.

There is a danger here and it goes far beyond President Trump. No matter what you think of him, there are going to be times when he is right and the press is going to go out of their way to make it look otherwise. In fact, this has already happened several times. And conversely, there will be a president for whom the reverse will be true.

But that is not acceptable. We are all human beings and we all have our own thoughts and feelings. But the news media is supposed to tell us what is happening, not sharpen their claws because they do not like who they are covering. Because then they are not news; they are nothing more than an advocacy arm.

President Trump Pays Tribute To Fallen Officers….We Must Follow His Lead And Support Them

05/15/2017 04:39 pm ET

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Special Agent Terry Watson a U.S. Army veteran had served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for 13 years until he was stabbed to death in the course of an investigation in Bogota, Colombia in 2013. He was survived by his wife.

Special Agents Chad Michael, Forrest Leamon, and Michael Weston were returning from a counter-narcotics operation in Afghanistan in 2009 when the military helicopter they were riding in crashed, killing all three of them. Michael left behind a fiancé, brother, and parents who loved him. Leamon was survived by his wife and unborn child as well as his sister and parents. Meanwhile, Weston was ripped from his wife, brother, and parents.

Special Agent Don Ware was killed in 1975 after he was kidnapped, beaten, and shot while working on an undercover narcotics mission in Mexico. His wife and three daughters lost pieces of their souls that day.

I tell you these stories not to depress you, but rather as a way of paying homage to a group of people who are both essential to our safety but also incredibly brave. They were taken long before their time and their sacrifices for the good of the country deserve to be recognized.

That’s why I was so happy to see President Trump put forth the proper praise to these amazing men and women at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.

“Though your loved ones left us much too soon, the memory of their courage will live on forever. To see so many names together, is only to get a glimpse of the debt America owes to those who protect our streets,” he said.

Members of our Armed Forces get plenty of attention and praise for what they do and they have earned every bit of it. But the men and women who serve in dangerous police units like the Drug Enforcement Agency get overlooked for the contribution they make to society and the impact they have on our lives.

This is why I am proud to serve as part of the DEA Survivor’s Benefit Foundation Corporate Committee. The heroes who risk their lives every day to defend us from dangerous criminals and cartels often do not get the recognition they are due and their families are not as well taken care of as they should be.

Any officer who is killed in the line of duty deserves a hero’s burial and our eternal appreciation, but we owe it the members of the family they left behind to see to it their incredible act of martyrdom does not go for naught.

They risked everything for us. The least we can do is provide for those they loved so dearly.

President Trump articulated that thought well when he said, “No one asked these selfless men and women to enlist in this righteous cause…They joined because their hearts were big, and full of amazing courage. They put on the uniform because they believed it was their mission in life to serve. It is our duty as a people and as a nation to prove worthy of their sacrifice.”

He later added, “Thousands are living today in New York who otherwise would be gone, because our great police fought to bring safety to our streets,” he said. “As president, my highest duty is to keep America safe…You are the thin blue line between civilization and chaos. I want you to know that patriotic Americans truly support and love our police.”

That’s why I urge you to please take a moment to visit the Survivor’s Benefit Foundation’s website and do your part to pitch in.

This is an organization that is doing God’s work and it is something that all Americans – black or white, Republican or Democrat, gay or straight, man or woman – should be able to unite behind.

Our country is better for what these men and women put themselves through for our protection and we must ensure that the best, brightest, and bravest continue to be willing to stand up for us.

And they need to know that if God forbid the worst happens, we will come through for their family the way they always came through for us.

Or as President Trump put it, “Whatever you need, we are here for you, and we are praying for you.”

In The Midst Of Turmoil,An Excellent Choice Is Made To Head USAID

05/12/2017 03:28 pm ET

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It seems like there has been non-stop lunacy in DC, and unfortunately, one very important nomination by the president has been overlooked.

The name of Mark Green has been submitted to run USAID. Green’s credentials are impeccable, with a resume that includes time as a congressman, ambassador to Tanzania, and Senior Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

In today’s political climate, it seems like there is literally nothing that will not cause a fight. So it is telling that the choice of Green to run USAID has more or less been universally praised.

Jeremy Konyndyk, former head of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance said, “Mark Green is a really strong choice to head USAID. He has very deep experience and reach within the development sector.”

Save the Children said “Ambassador Green recognizes the importance of robust investments in foreign assistance and the need for transparency and accountability.”

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition President Liz Schrayer said, “In full disclosure, Mark is a dear friend to the USGLC, having served on our Board of Directors for years, as well as being the Senior Director on our staff. With an impressive background as a member of Congress, a highly respected ambassador, and member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Board, Ambassador Mark Green is an exceptional choice to lead USAID.”

To be sure, USAID needs a shakeup and Green is going to be facing the dual challenge of not just getting the agency back on track, but finding a way to do so in the face of looming budget cuts.

This is not going to be an easy task, but whoever takes over the agency will have to rise to the challenge, because the humanitarian outreach and diplomacy USAID provides are incredibly important.

That’s why it is so refreshing to see somebody so well-respected across the board nominated for the post.

He has a long road ahead of him, but I look forward to watching Mark Green use his wealth of skill and experience to lead USAID towards a successful future.

The FBI, Not Congress, Needs To Be Running Point on Russia Investigation

05/11/2017 05:19 pm ET

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James Comey was relieved from his post as head of the FBI and already we are hearing all kinds of speculation as to why.

Some have suggested it was because Comey was getting “too close” on Russia. I’m not sure I understand this rationale since the investigation is continuing and will be overseen by a new director who has strong ties to the Democratic party. So this doesn’t seem like a net positive for the president if the idea was to have somebody in charge at the FBI who has his back.

Furthermore, the investigation is still ongoing and will continue into the foreseeable future. Comey or not, this whole mess is far from over.

The calls for an independent commission to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign are getting louder and louder. While I understand the desire to get to the bottom of the issue, the idea of turning this over to a congressional commission seems like something that is better in theory than in reality.

Consider for a second the history of these types of independent commissions. The Warren commission, the 9/11 commission, the Financial Crisis Inquiry commission. All were high profile bi-partisan investigations, but none truly uncovered the type of information that everybody hoped for.

So does that mean we should just drop the whole matter and just give up? Of course not. As I’ve said many times, while I am a supporter of the president, if there is evidence to be found of wrongdoing here, then let’s see it.

An independent commission is the reflexive solution to this, but the best one is to just let the FBI continue to do its job. Bi-partisanship and the spectacle of hearings may play well in Washington DC, but the truth is, the FBI is our top federal law enforcement arm. These are men and women who are trained to investigate high profile cases and have brought down many criminals and criminal organizations. If there is something to be found, they will find it.

But hey, if you think a group of politicians is better suited to handle a major criminal investigation than a bureau of the nation’s most elite group of criminal investigators, that’s fine. I’m sure the keystone cops masquerading as congressional members are a far superior option than people who have literally spent their entire professional careers chasing and locking up the country’s worst criminal elements.

And if resources are something you are worried about, simple solution: we just take any extra funds we might have spent on an independent commission and allocate it to the FBI so it has everything it needs monetarily to conduct the most thorough investigation possible.

If we want shameless grandstanding, then we should go ahead and throw all our chips down on the congressional table.

But if we want some actual results, then we need to push those chips to the center of the table and go all-in with the FBI.

American Jewish Congress Statement on South Korea’s Presidential Election

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress

05/11/2017 03:27 pm ET

AFP

The American Jewish Congress congratulates Moon Jae-in on his election to President of South Korea.

In his speech after the election, Mr. Jae-in noted that South Korea faces a series of challenges. As President, it will be his duty to help defuse security tensions with North Korea while also negotiating with President Trump in the United States and the leadership in Beijing to alleviate tensions over the U.S. missile defense system that is being deployed in South Korea.

The American Jewish Congress extends our congratulations to Mr. Jae-in as he begins this difficult Presidency. We stand ready to assist him in pursuing better relations for both the United States and the region.

We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mr. Jae-in on his election.

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary, American Jewish Congress