President Trump meets youngest survivor of El Paso shooting

10 Août, 2019, 17:11 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • President Trump meets youngest survivor of El Paso shooting

The 2-month-old suffered two broken fingers in the shooting but survived after his parents, Andre and Jordan Anchondo, shielded him from the gunfire and were slain themselves.

In the photo, Melania holds the baby, while Trump smiles and gives a thumbs-up, an image that drew anger on social media.

One opponent accused the couple of using the two-month-old baby as a "prop", while the infant's uncle defended the U.S. president. Further, the president was giving a thumbs-up.

Anchondo, who lost his beloved brother and sister-in-law in the rampage outside an El Paso Walmart on Saturday, said he chose to take his orphaned nephew to University Medical Center of El Paso on Wednesday to meet the president and first lady.

Melania Trump posted a photo Thursday on Twitter showing the meeting with Tito Anchondo, his sister, Deborah Ontiveros, and the infant.

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In an effort to squash criticism over the photo, Mr Anchondo has told NPR "people are misconstruing President Trump's ideas".

University Medical Center spokesman Ryan Mielke said the hospital had reached out to the Anchondo family and other discharged patients on Tuesday, the day before the president's visit, after it became clear that none of the hospitalized shooting victims would meet him. Trump's trip to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso were not without controversy, in large part surrounding his rhetoric both prior to the shootings and afterward.

Melania Trump's photo of the baby was one of four images she posted on her social media feeds after their visit to the grieving communities - another photo shows the first lady greeting what appears to be one of the younger victims injured, bending over her hospital bed to shake her hand.

The man pictured to the left of the president is the baby's uncle, who told the El Paso Times that his brother was "a big Trump supporter", and that the uncle wanted Trump "to know our family stands with the president". Instead, the first lady focused a tweet on August 7 to Purple Heart recipients, which posted as she and the President were in the air en route to stops in Dayton and El Paso.

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