At the first ever U.N. Summit on Refugees, which President Obama organized and hosted earlier this week, the President shared a letter sent to him by a 6 year old American boy.
The White House posted the video featuring Alex, a young boy from New York, who wrote to Obama asking to host Omran Daqneesh, the 5 year old Syrian boy shown in a heartbreaking scene as he was rescued and placed in an ambulance alone after a bombing destroyed his family’s home in Aleppo.
In less than 10 hours, the video had over 100,000 likes and had been viewed over 3 million times. The video gives a tour of Alex’s home as he reads his letter about sharing his toys with Omran. He speaks of inviting Omran to his birthday parties and wishing that Omran will “teach us another language.”
In his speech at the U.N. Summit, the president said:
“The humanity that a young child can display who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of how they look or where they’re from or how they pray … We can all learn from Alex.”
The President’s message is a stark contrast to Trump’s campaign who at the same time embraced a roundly criticized tweet by Donald Trump, Jr. comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles — the candy — a comment from which even the company that makes Skittles distanced itself.