Trump: Attacks against Jewish sites may be ploy ‘to make others look bad’

 Hundreds of headstones were toppled at Mt Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday, Feb 26, 2017. (Emily Cohen for NewsWorks)

Hundreds of headstones were toppled at Mt Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday, Feb 26, 2017. (Emily Cohen for NewsWorks)

Pennsylvania’s attorney general said President Donald Trump suggested that a wave of threats to Jewish community centers may be designed to make “others look bad.”

Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, was part of a group of state attorneys general who met with Trump at the White House Tuesday.

Shapiro says he asked Trump at the meeting about how states and the federal government could better collaborate against the threats.

He said Trump responded by calling the threats “reprehensible, but then added that, “sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people or to make others look bad.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was not at the meeting, but said the president has made “extremely clear” that any act of violence directed at Jewish organizations is “condemned by this administration”.

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