President Trump Invited Kustoff to White House Hanukkah Party But Impeachment Advocate Cohen Left Off Invite List

By Tim Dukeman  |  The Tennessee Star

The White House held a Hanukkah Party on Thursday in recognition of the Jewish “festival of lights,” but only one of Tennessee’s two Jewish members of the House of Representatives was invited.

Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN-08) was invited and attended the event, but Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-TN-09), who was one of 58 Democrats who on Wednesday voted in favor of a failed resolution “to bring articles of impeachment against President Trump,” was not invited.

“This year’s Hanukkah party was all the more joyous for attendees because it came the day after Mr. Trump delighted many Jews, particularly those politically allied with him, by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and recommitting himself to moving the American Embassy there,” The New York Times reported.

Kustoff and Cohen represent neighboring West Tennessee congressional districts and  attend the same synagogue in Memphis, as The Commercial Appeal reported.

Kustoff praised Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“I applaud President Trump for fulfilling his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the unquestionable capital of Israel. After eight years of the Obama Administration’s failure to support our closest ally, this sends a powerful message to the world – the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel, our friend and the stronghold of democracy in the Middle East,” Kustoff said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Cohen, in contrast, has issued no statement from his office on the president’s decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, though on November 15 his office issued a press release announcing that he had introduced five articles of impeachment against the President to the House of Representatives.

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