None of the eight patients still under hospital care after being shot in an El Paso Walmart last weekend consented to a visit from President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
“This is a very sensitive time in their lives. Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president, some of them didn’t want any visitors,” University Medical Center spokesman Ryan Mielke told The Washington Post, although he confirmed that two already-discharged victims returned to the hospital to meet with the president.
The White House bragged on Wednesday that the president received a “rock star welcome” during his visit to a Dayton, Ohio, hospital treating the victims of Sunday’s massacre that took 9 lives and injured dozens more.
“The love, respect & enthusiasm were there for all to see,” Trump tweeted Wednesday evening. He said “the Fake News worked overtime trying to disparage me and the two trips.”
Trump used his first public comments after meeting with two of the victims of the El Paso mass shooting that took 22 lives and left dozens more injured, to attack Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown as a failed presidential candidate was “very dishonest.”
While visiting El Paso’s emergency operations center, Trump complained he hadn’t gotten adequate credit for comforting Dayton, Ohio, shooting victims hours earlier.
“They shouldn’t be politicking today,” Trump falsely said about Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, Ohio, and the Ohio Sen. Brown. “I had it with Sherrod Brown. He and the mayor Nan Whaley they asked to go in, ‘Could we possibly go in and make the tour with you.’ I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ They couldn’t believe what they saw. And they said it to people.”
“They’ve never seen anything like it. The entire hospital, no different than what we had in El Paso, the entire hospital, was, I mean everybody was so proud of the job they did. Because they did a great job,” Trump said.
He then called them very dishonest, saying, “I get on Air Force One where they do have a lot of televisions, I turn on the television and there they are saying, ‘Well, I don’t know if it was appropriate for the President to be here.’”
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Trump then bragged about a political rally he held in El Paso earlier this year.
“Could have sold it out four times,” Trump boasted of the arena.
The city of El Paso says Trump’s campaign still owes it over $500,000 for the rally.
Trump also called the attacker, who was arrested, a “coward. He gave up, just gave up.”
He then reflected on his visits to hospitals in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso.
“The love, the respect for the office of the presidency,” Trump told reporters. “I wish you could have been in there to see it.”