Melania and Ivanka join Donald Trump at Pittsburgh memorial

31 October, 2018, 13:02 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Donald Trump on Tuesday visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were gunned down at the weekend in an anti-Semitic attack, as more than 1,000 protesters gathered nearby to make it clear the U.S. president was unwelcome. "We will continue to thrive and sing and worship and learn together and continue our historic legacy in the city with the friendliest people that I know", said Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, choking back tears.

Everybody feels that [Trump's remarks] were inappropriate.

Services were also held for Jerry Rabinowitz, a 66-year-old family physician, and retiree Daniel Stein, 71.

The president and first lady Melania Trump's first stop was to the Tree of Life synagogue where they took part in lighting one Yahrzeit candle for each of the shooting victims.

"They are so grateful to the Jewish community for our support and are devastated by the thought that their arrival may have contributed to our suffering", Golin said. "He was blaming the community".

"These Jews were targeted specifically because they were helping refugees", he said, calling the visit, as funerals were taking place, "insulting" to the victims and their families.

A total of 11 people were killed Saturday, in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in USA history.

Mrs. Sanders said the president "was very moved by the visit and his time with the rabbi, and called it very humbling and very sad".

"I think it's more divisive than uniting", 57-year-old librarian Nonie Heystek said of Trump's visit.

Protesters demonstrate near Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, told reporters before the visit was announced that the White House ought to consult with the families of the victims about their preferences and asked that the president not come during a funeral.

The emotional, dissonant scene reflected the increasingly divided nation that Trump leads, one gripped by a week of political violence and hate and hurtling toward contentious midterm elections that could alter the path of a presidency. "It is not blue or red, it's not male or female, it doesn't know any of those divisions".

When Air Force One touched down at the airport outside Pittsburgh, the Trumps were not greeted by the usual phalanx of local officials that typically welcomes a visiting president, a reflection of controversy surrounding the visit.

President Donald Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, second from left, stand at a memorial for those killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 30, 2018. Her second motivation, she emphasised, was speaking out against Trump. "If there's any chance to flip the Senate it goes through Arizona", she said.

Dissent over the President's visit extended even to the grieving.

Bowers, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle and three handguns, told an officer while he was being treated for his injuries "that he wanted all Jews to die and also that they (Jews) were committing genocide to his people", the affidavit said.

An active part of the congregation at Temple Sholom in Eau Claire since 1966, Mort Sipress says the recent mass shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue is the worst tragedy against the Jewish population in US history. Trump has repeatedly referred to migrants as risky invaders, and did so again in a tweet on Monday.

Robert Bowers, 46, who has a history of posting anti-Semitic messages online, has been charged under federal hate crime statutes and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Trump administration has rejected the notion that he has encouraged far-right extremists who have embraced him. "And when I say "in his mind, ' what I mean is on Fox News". "I'm also going to the hospital to see the officers and some of the people that were so badly hurt". "I'm sick and exhausted of what's going on".

"I would have done it sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt any more than they had disruption", he said.


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