Trump pays tribute to dead, short of say­ing ‘geno­cide’

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Dave Boyer

Pres­i­dent Trump paid tribute Mon­day to more than one mil­lion Ar­me­ni­ans killed dur­ing the Ot­toman Em­pire, but fol­lowed his pre­de­ces­sors in stop­ping short of la­bel­ing the cen­tury-old killings a “geno­cide.”

Mr. Trump called the deaths “one of the worst mass atroc­i­ties of the 20th cen­tury,” with about 1.5 mil­lion Ar­me­ni­ans “de­ported, mas­sa­cred, or marched to their deaths” be­gin­ning in 1915.

Pres­i­dent Obama had pledged dur­ing his cam­paign in 2008 to be­come the first U.S. pres­i­dent to rec­og­nize the episode as a geno­cide. But Mr. Obama failed to do so an­nu­ally as pres­i­dent, de­cid­ing against pro­vok­ing Turkey, a key NATO ally that has re­jected such a char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the killings.

Pres­i­dents Ge­orge W. Bush and Bill Clin­ton also avoided the term “geno­cide” af­ter pledg­ing dur­ing their cam­paigns to rec­og­nize it as such. Mr. Trump didn’t make such a cam­paign pledge.

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