Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue after mass shooting

Posted October 31, 2018

Pennsylvania's governor and the mayor of Pittsburgh declined to join him during the visit.

A casket is carried out of Rodef Shalom Congregation after the funeral services for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Robert Gregory Bowers, a 46-year-old truck driver who authorities say raged against Jews, was arrested on federal hate-crime charges that could bring the death penalty.

"It was all the sadness, all of the mourning, all the history of the Jewish people".

She says Trump was "incredibly impressed" by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who had been conducting services when the shots rang out.

Myers, his voice quivering, told the Rosenthals' parents and other family members: "The entire world is sharing its grief with you, so you don't walk alone".

As the Trumps placed their remembrances outside the Tree of Life synagogue, protesters nearby shouted that the president was not welcome.

The Steel City is "stronger than the hate", she said.

"We are coming together because it's important for people to have an opportunity to voice their dismay, and for many, shock", Rabbi Philip Bregman said.

ACHIEVA said the two brothers "loved life" and "loved their community", remembering Cecil for his infectious laugh, and David for his kindness and gentle spirit. Police officers were posted outside the temple. He was a go-to doctor for HIV patients in the epidemic's early and desperate days, a physician who "always hugged us as we left his office", said Michael Kerr, who credits Rabinowitz with helping him survive.

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"A lot of people are feeling really angry about this".

"I heard about [the attack] on Saturday after I got out of synagogue myself and I saw the news feed on my phone". Others expressed fear of confrontation between those who support the president and those who did not want him to come. "It's just such a loss".

Pittsburgh's Mayor William Peduto, a Democrat, also said Trump should not visit the city while families are holding funerals.

Despite pleas from local leaders and citizens to not visit Squirrel Hill, or at least postpone his trip in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, President Donald Trump nevertheless arrived in the Pittsburgh neighborhood on October 30.

Stein's funeral was one of four scheduled for Tuesday.

The Trumps first went inside the vestibule of the synagogue, where they lit candles for each victim before stepping outside. The Trumps laid stones on markers honoring the victims, a Jewish tradition.

President Donald Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

The US president has repeatedly used terms, such as "globalist", which has a historic anti-Semitic connotation, and has indulged in conspiracy theories that originated in white supremacist circles, such as his unfounded claim that George Soros was funding protesters against his Supreme Court pick.

The White House says the goal of Trump's visit on Tuesday is to "express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Pittsburgh community".

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Another Squirrel Hill resident, Shayna Marcus, who had hoped to catch the presidential motorcade with her young sons but just missed it, said the anger at Trump is misplaced.

"I think the reason Donald Trump is sending troops to these asylum-seekers instead of help is because in his mind, this is an invasion", Noah said.

It is an uneasy visit for the president.

Trump's Pittsburgh visit is not the only element of the administration's response to the massacre that has been a source of controversy.

There were 11 flames - one for each person who was killed when a gunman opened fire on a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

As he stood in line at the funeral, Friedman wondered why he had been spared. We do not ask that you believe the things that we believe. "I usually sit in the back row".

Support for the community has been pouring in from across the country.

Associated Press reporter Claudia Lauer reported from Philadelphia.

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