REPORT: None of the El Paso Victims Would Meet With Donald Trump
Reporters were not allowed to tail Donald Trump o Wednesday when he visited mass shooting victims, but a new report says that a number of patients at an El Paso hospital refused to see him.
According to the Washington Post, when Trump appeared at the University Medical Center of El Paso, two of the victims who were previously discharged returned to the hospital and met the president with their families.
At the same time though, UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said they still had eight shooting victims in treatment yesterday, and none of them met with the president.
“This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” Mielke said. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president, some of them didn’t want any visitors.”
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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham insisted to WaPo that the president and first lady Melania Trump were “received very warmly by not just victims and their families, but by the many members of medical staff who lined the hallways to meet them.” Grisham also pointed to a video Trump posted on Twitter as proof of how she was received.
"None of the eight patients still being treated at University Medical Center in El Paso agreed to meet with Trump when he visited the hospital,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said. That speaks for itself.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 8, 2019
UMC treated 15 of the people who were wounded when the El Paso gunman went on his allegedly racially-motivated massacre at a local Walmart. One of them died from their injuries, five are still in critical condition, and three are in serious condition.