El Paso shooting victims decline to meet President Trump during hospital visit

President Donald Trump was reportedly unable to see any of the eight hospitalized patients who were victims of the El Paso shooter over the weekend, according to The DailyMail.

Of the patients who were being treated at University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, some declined to meet with the president and some had asked to see no visitors.

However, the two patients who had already been released came to the hospital with their families to meet the president and first lady, according to the DailyMail.

“This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” UMC spokesperson Ryan Mielke said, according to the DailyMail. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president. Some of them didn’t want any visitors.”

Though the eight victims didn’t meet with Trump, some did reportedly meet with Democratic officials, including Texas Representative Veronica Escobar and Illinois Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

The president also a visit to Dayton, Ohio, the home of the second shooting of the weekend, and met with both victims and first responders and law enforcement, as he did in Texas.

According to the president, the two trips were successful, and he called it “an amazing day,” filled with “love” and “respect for the office of the presidency.”

The president made public remarks on Monday, following the Saturday and Sunday shootings in which he condemned hate and called for there to be some sort of alert system for online postings to try and find out who might perpetrate these sorts of crimes.

“We must recognize that the Internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts,” he said in the televised remarks. “We must shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet, and stop mass murders before they start.”

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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