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Trump calls for calm, moderation in Middle East: White House

Trump calls for calm, moderation in Middle East: White House

President Donald Trump has scheduled a physical health exam for early next year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will share the results with the public, the White House announced Thursday, a day after Trump's slurred speech sparked concern about his health.

"These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts", Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech after Trump's announcement.

"Right now I'm thinking about what's going on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem", Trump said in the White House East Room.

Many on social media noted a Trump tweet rapping President Obama for holding a Hanukkah party days before the event. "You do have faith and you do have resilience", Trump said. The president was flanked by his daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children.

No Jewish Democrats or critics of Mr Trump's Israel policy attended.

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He was also accompanied on stage by Louise Lawrence-Israel, a Holocaust survivor originally from the Netherlands, who shared the story of childhood under Nazi Germany's rule, saying that "people let this happen".

According to The New York Times: "This year, officials slashed the size of the annual reception, inviting around 300 guests to one soiree instead of hosting 1,700 over two parties as in the past".

"We thank God that a woman who was born into that nightmare of oppression now lives in this land of the free, and that she, along with everyone here tonight, can light the menorah for all the world to see".

"We're especially pleased to see the manufacturing sector roaring back to life, adding a total of 159,000 jobs since President Trump took office after averaging a loss of more than 1,000 jobs per month during the a year ago of the previous administration", she said.