The Obama administration will have a top-level official at the 70th anniversary ceremony of the liberation of Auschwitz Tuesday. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be the government’s representative instead of President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden.
Obama skipping 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation: (Washington FreeBeacon) Treasury Secretary Jack Lew w… http://t.co/iBu45VTprL
— CryptoCoda (@CryptoCoda) January 24, 2015
Auschwitz was the Nazi concentration camp in Poland where more than one million people – mostly Jews – were murdered, and is widely regarded as the primary symbol of the Holocaust.
Heads of state from Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Ukraine are all scheduled to attend the event, The Hill reported last week. The New York Times noted that royalty from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark will also be there.
President Obama, however, will not be on hand. He is instead sending a delegation led by Lew, America’s first Orthodox Jewish Treasury Secretary. The group includes State Department officials and Auschwitz survivors.
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National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan told reporter Daniel Wiser the president “will be in India, on a long scheduled trip.”
Unlike the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, the Obama administration is at least sending a top-ranked official to commemorate Auschwitz. Still, several on social media have been quick to criticize the president for not going himself:
Since when is a Treasury Secretary an emissary for the United States? Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will represent… http://t.co/LFQTVpwrgN
— Maria Heider (@MariaHeider) January 25, 2015
USG is sending Jack Lew to this????…..NYTimes: For Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change http://t.co/qtl3Wir8Px
— Steve L (@redleg82) January 24, 2015
No Obama, no Biden, no Kerry. They’re sending Jack Lew to Auschwitz. Because Treasury Sec is really who you want to send… makes sense.
— R (@LibertyLynx) January 24, 2015
h/t: Free Beacon
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