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USA: Trump and Melania to visit Pittsburgh 'to grieve' - White House 03:26

USA: Trump and Melania to visit Pittsburgh 'to grieve' - White House

United States, Washington DC
October 29, 2018 at 21:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Pittsburgh on Tuesday following the synagogue shooting which claimed the lives of 11 people, while giving a press conference in Washington DC on Monday.

Sanders said the President would grieve with family and friends of the 11 victims as well as the community. "He adores Jewish Americans as part of his own family. His daughter is a Jewish American and his son-in-law is a descendant of Holocaust survivors," she added.

When asked if Trump has done enough to denounce white nationalism, Sanders stated that "the President has denounced racism, hatred, and bigotry in all forms on a number of occasions."

Regarding a recent tweet of Trump calling the "fake news media" the "true enemy of the people," Sanders refused to "walk through a list".

However, she continued to note that "it's irresponsible of a news organisation to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the President."

"That is outrageous. The only person responsible for carrying out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out," she said.

On Saturday, Robert D. Bowers, armed with an AR-15-style rifle and multiple handguns, opened fire in the synagogue in Squirrel Hill as he shouted anti-Semitic slurs.

Police charged the attacker with 29 criminal charges.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Pittsburgh on Tuesday following the synagogue shooting which claimed the lives of 11 people, while giving a press conference in Washington DC on Monday.

Sanders said the President would grieve with family and friends of the 11 victims as well as the community. "He adores Jewish Americans as part of his own family. His daughter is a Jewish American and his son-in-law is a descendant of Holocaust survivors," she added.

When asked if Trump has done enough to denounce white nationalism, Sanders stated that "the President has denounced racism, hatred, and bigotry in all forms on a number of occasions."

Regarding a recent tweet of Trump calling the "fake news media" the "true enemy of the people," Sanders refused to "walk through a list".

However, she continued to note that "it's irresponsible of a news organisation to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the President."

"That is outrageous. The only person responsible for carrying out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out," she said.

On Saturday, Robert D. Bowers, armed with an AR-15-style rifle and multiple handguns, opened fire in the synagogue in Squirrel Hill as he shouted anti-Semitic slurs.

Police charged the attacker with 29 criminal charges.

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