Donald, Melania Trump to Visit Pennsylvania After Synagogue Attack - White House

Aaron Brown
October 31, 2018

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman opened fire Saturday on worshippers, killing 11 during Sabbath services.

The White House said the president was visiting to "express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Pittsburgh community". Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter and top aide, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and also a top aide, are also on the trip.

The two brothers were among the 11 mostly elderly congregants shot to death on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Pennsylvania city's Squirrel Hill section.

Pittsburgh's Democratic mayor Bill Peduto had earlier declined an invitation to join the Trumps, telling the Washington Post that the attention "should be on the victims". Peduto said he wants the focus to be on families of victims.

"The irony of all this is that the first people that took care of him were all Jewish", Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, the president of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, said in a Fox News interview Monday.

Ignoring the requests of the city's mayor, the feelings of a mourning family, and statements from the targeted Jewish community, President Trump is barging into the city of Pittsburgh like the Kool-Aid Man.

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Such conspiracy theories, which accuse Jews of dominating government and finance, are rife among the so-called "alt-right" movement, which is supportive of Trump and has gained significant influence in recent years, including through the president's former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Paul Carberry, 55, lives near the synagogue and said Mr Trump should not have visited until the dead were buried. "I just want to kill Jews".

"Any president that would come in, any president would be a distraction". In one, he described Trump as a "globalist" and said that Trump was not "winning".

An aide to Ryan said he was not able to travel to Pittsburgh on such short notice. "His language has encouraged hatred and fear of immigrants, which is part of the reason why these people were killed", she said. I am a citizen. Several vigils were held Monday, calling for more unity and an end to hate.

Leaders of a liberal Jewish group in Pittsburgh wrote an open letter to the president saying he was not welcome until he denounced white nationalism. According to Reuters, Bowers has a "history of posting anti-Semitic material online and faces 29 counts, including a hate crime charge".

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