Victims of El Paso shooting refuse to meet with Donald Trump in hospital
Trump and the first lady visited the hospital in El Paso on Wednesday.
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania went to a hospital in El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, to visit those who had been injured at the mass shooting that took place at a Walmart last week.
Reports from US media suggest that every single one of the victims recovering in the hospital following Saturday’s attack at a Walmart that left 22 people dead, and dozens of others injured, declined to meet with President Trump or his wife.
Three of the victims were in too poor of a condition for a presidential visitor or spoke only Spanish, the El Paso Times reported.
The other five simply said no.
Trump did speak with hospital staff, as well as two victims who had recently been discharged, one of whom was a two-month old baby, whose parents were both killed in the attack.
Images of Trump and the baby in question have been shared widely on social media:
A hospital official confirms to CNN that this is the baby who was brought back to the hospital to meet with Trump and FLOTUS after the child had been discharged. The two month old’s parents, Jordan and Andre Anchondo died protecting him during the El Paso shooting. pic.twitter.com/J468ygdPnM
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“This was an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise and facility, a place that our entire region can look to for the highest level of care,” the hospital’s president and CEO Jacob Cintron said in a statement.