ADL defends Trump's speech to Jewish Republicans

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has denounced claims that Donald Trump's speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition Thursday carried anti-Semitic undertones.

After reviewing the GOP hopeful's remarks, which included several jokes about Jewish stereotypes, ADL's chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt concluded they were not meant to offend the audience.

"We do not believe that it was Donald Trump's intention to evoke anti-Semitic stereotypes," Greenblatt wrote in a statement.

"He has made similar comments about spending his own money on the campaign, and not asking for money from donors, to many other groups," he continued, referring to Trump's guarantee Thursday that he wasn't seeking contributions from the predominantly Jewish crowd.