Trump celebrates Hanukkah with 8 Holocaust survivors

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are joined by Holocaust survivors, as they attend a Hanukkah reception, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are joined by Holocaust survivors, as they attend a Hanukkah reception, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in

First lady Melania Trump, left, and Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, center, welcome Holocaust survivors to the stage as President Dona

First lady Melania Trump, left, and Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, center, welcome Holocaust survivors to the stage as President Dona

President Donald Trump makes the thumbs up sign as he speaks during a Hanukkah reception, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the East Room of the White House

President Donald Trump makes the thumbs up sign as he speaks during a Hanukkah reception, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the East Room of the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is celebrating Hanukkah in the company of eight Holocaust survivors, telling each they had endured "evil beyond description"

The president also referenced the fatal October shooting of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He says in the aftermath of that "sinister" killing, "we reaffirmed our solemn duty to confront anti-Semitism everywhere. Trump added that we "must stamp out this vile hatred from the world."

Trump's daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry Jared Kushner. Through the couple, Trump has three Jewish grandchildren.

The president described Hanukkah as an "everlasting symbol of Jewish perseverance."

He says his administration "will always stand" with Israel.

The audience erupted into cheers when Trump mentioned his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.