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El Paso Hospital Says Trump Showed ‘Absence of Empathy’ During Visit with Shooting Survivors

After visiting two hospitals on Wednesday to meet with victims of two separate mass shootings in different cities, many on social media were critical of how Donald Trump presented himself.

A shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday resulted in 22 killed. Another shooting, hours later in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday morning, resulted in nine individuals being murdered. Dozens were injured in both incidents.

On Thursday afternoon, CNN Senior White House reporter Jim Acosta tweeted out that the network had reached out to a hospital administrator, who also expressed unease with the president’s actions during his visits.

“A hospital official tells CNN Trump showed ‘an absence of empathy’ during his visit to El Paso,” Acosta wrote in his tweet. Trump also met with an infant who had been protected by both of her parents during the shooting. It’s unclear who brought the infant to the hospital.

Some found Trump’s demeanor — smiling, giving the “thumbs up” sign, and acting jovial at times — to be inappropriate for an occasion where the chief executive has, at times, acted as the “healer-in-chief.” Several on social media expressed their disdain.

It was also reported that several of the victims refused to meet with Trump when he came to the hospitals, believing his rhetoric and recent statements after the shooting were not deserving of recognition.

Trump also took criticism from the press and the public after his staff explained to reporters at the Dayton, Ohio, hospital that they would not be allowed to join Trump as he met with workers and survivors of the mass shooting. The official explanation had been that the president didn’t want to turn the event into a photo op, but later that evening Trump’s Twitter account promoted a video of him, which many said fit the descriptor perfectly.

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