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Jason Greenblatt. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

President Trump's special envoy for Middle East Peace Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday visited the Poway synagogue in southern California, which was attacked last Saturday by a white supremacist.

Why it matters: Greenblatt is the most senior Trump administration official to visit the Poway Jewish community since the attack. Trump had a phone call a few days ago with Rabbi Goldstein, who was wounded in the attack. Greenblatt's visit was meant to send a message from the White House condemning anti-Semitism and hate crimes on the date that Israel and Jewish communities around the world mark Yom HaShoa, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In a series of tweets earlier today, Greenblatt wrote: "We must continue to stamp out anti-Semitism & all other forms of hate. Rabbi Goldstein is a pillar of strength for his community/our nation. A very moving visit. He & others acted heroically. I shared the Administration's heartfelt sorrow for Poway's loss & thanked him for his message to turn a hateful act into a lesson on tolerance".

The Trump administration also sent a message by sending a delegation of senior U.S. officials to participate Wednesday in the 31st annual "March of the Living" at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland.

  • The delegation consisted of the U.S. ambassadors to Poland (Georgette Mosbacher), Israel (David Friedman) and Germany (Richard Grenell), in addition to the U.S. ambassadors to Spain, the Vatican, Switzerland and Trump's special envoy for combating antisemitism, Elan Carr.

Go deeper: Anti-Semitic assaults doubled in the U.S. in 2018, ADL report finds

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.