Pa. AG Shapiro talks anti-Semitism with Trump, calls president’s comments unclear

     Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.  (NewsWorks file photo)

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. (NewsWorks file photo)

    After a rash of anti-Semitic vandalism and threats over the last week in Pennsylvania and around the country, President Donald Trump met in Washington with a handful of state attorneys general, including Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro.

    Shapiro, a Democrat, said he asked Trump directly about the recent incidents — specifically, bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers, and defacement of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

    He said Trump denounced the vandalism and threats strongly — at first.

    But then the president went on to suggest the “reverse” may be true, to “make others look bad.”

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    Asked by reporters whether that means the vandalism and threats were staged, Shapiro said he doesn’t know.

    In a statement, he said that regardless, he’s grateful the president took time to meet.

    The meeting took place several hours before Trump’s high-profile speech before a joint session of Congress — a first for the new president.

    He briefly addressed the situation further, again condemning anti-Semitism.

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