During the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump paused to recognize a special guest. Judah Samet, a survivor of the Holocaust and the horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the fall of 2018, was celebrating his 81st birthday, and was honored with a somewhat spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
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Trump took a moment during his speech to recognize Samet – who had arrived at the Tree of Life synagogue, where he is a member, right as the shooting began last fall – during his State of the Union address.
As Trump spoke, he noted that Samet, who was a guest of the White House, was celebrating his 81st birthday.
Just as Trump paused, members of Congress and other guests who were in attendance broke into song, celebrating Samet with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
The spontaneous singing interrupted Trump just as he was about to continue with his speech, though the President took it in stride, smiling and waving his hands as if he were conducting.
“Thank you!” Samet shouted just as the chamber began to quiet.
Trump then joked that Congress “wouldn’t do that for me, Judah,” before continuing with his planned remarks.
During his speech, Trump stated that Samet’s family also survived the Nazi concentration camps over seven decades ago. They were able to escape when US forces stopped a train that was transporting them to another camp.
According to a report by ABC 7, Trump also recognized Joshua Kaufman, another Holocaust survivor, who was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp when American forces arrived.
The White House also hosted Timothy Matson, a Pittsburgh Police Department officer who was shot multiple times when he responded to the Tree of Life Shooting.