President Donald Trump said he was “proud to stand with the Jewish people” on Chanukah .

“Melania and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” Trump said in a message Tuesday evening, the first night of the eight-day holiday, and naming the first lady.

“On this holiday, we are proud to stand with the Jewish people who shine as a light to all nations. We also stand with the people of Israel, the Jewish State, which has itself a miraculous history of overcoming the tallest of odds,” the statement said.


Trump’s re-election campaign also sent out Chanukah  greetings, as did the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.

Trump continued the tradition established by President George W. Bush and carried on by President Barack Obama, and had a Chanukah  party at the White House last week, where he noted his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.