by Fred Lucas
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, in a visit Tuesday, placed a white flower and small stone on each of 11 stars set up in the memory of those murdered at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The Trumps also lighted candles in honor of each man and woman killed Saturday inside the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
They met with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who leads the congregation. But amid the tragedy, the visit didn’t bridge all political divides.
Protesters held signs such as “We didn’t invite you here” and “Trump Loves Nazis,” according to reports from the White House press pool.
Others held up a middle finger or gave a thumbs-down. Other protesters shouted, “Words have meaning” and “No more hate.”
The president and first lady were at the Tree of Life synagogue for about 20 minutes, along with White House advisers Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law. Both are Jewish.
Today, I traveled with the President, First Lady, Secretary Mnuchin and my husband Jared to Pittsburgh to pay our respects at The Tree of Life synagogue and visit with first responders.
We saw firsthand a community that has suffered the unimaginable but remains united and strong.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 31, 2018
Also present were Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; and Jason Greenblatt, special assistant for international negotiations.
The first family later visited University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian hospital, where several of the six wounded by the gunman in the attack were brought.
Robert Bowers, 46, of Pittsburgh, was charged with shooting and killing 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue, in what authorities call the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. The charges against him include federal hate crimes.
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Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Send an email to Fred. Donate now.
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