President Donald Trump celebrated the National Day of Prayer with some surprise guests — the victims of last weekend’s California synagogue shooting.
Trump and Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of the Chabad of Poway synagogue spoke by telephone after Saturday’s shooting.
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Goldstein told celebrants during a ceremony Wednesday in the White House Rose Garden that Trump was the first person “who began my healing.”
Goldstein thanked Trump for being, “as they say in Yiddish, a mensch par excellence.” Mensch is Yiddish for a “person of integrity and honor.”
Trump said Goldstein is an “incredible man.”
Two other victims of the shooting, including an off-duty Border Patrol agent who fired at the alleged gunman, attended the ceremony.
One woman was killed and three others were injured in the shooting, including the rabbi, who lost a finger.
The entire ceremony, including Trump’s speech, can be seen here —
As we unite on this day of prayer, we renew our resolve to protect communities of faith – and ensure that ALL of our people can live, pray and worship IN PEACE. #NationalDayOfPrayer https://t.co/1a7zphaE6z
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2019
The Associated Press contributed to this article.