Doctors Horrified By Trump’s ‘Appalling Lack Of Empathy’ As He Posed With Child Who Was Orphaned By Mass Shooting
Doctors at the University Medical Center Of El Paso, TX, said they were disgusted by President Donald Trump’s “appalling lack empathy”, while he was photographed grinning with a two-month-old child who was made an orphan during Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso which left 22 people dead.
The infant’s parents, Andre and Jordan Anchondo, were both killed in the supermarket massacre, while the child himself suffered broken bones when Ms. Anchondo fell on his son to shield him from further bullets.
But when the baby, called Paul, was brought to the US president at the University Medical Center of El Paso, Trump appeared untouched by the child’s tragic plight. Both he and first lady Melania smiled for cameras, while the commander-in-chief also threw in a thumbs up with a grin on his face.
The photo, which has sparked global revulsion, emerged as Trump already faced criticism for his behavior during his visit to the city on Thursday when he was filmed bragging to medical staff – who have spent the week dealing with the aftermath of the massacre – about the size of a rally he had previously held there.
The president also drew condemnation for not speaking to the press but instead releasing a highly-polished promotional-style video from his day. It also featured lots of thumbs up and smiling medical staff crowding for selfies with Mr. Trump.
Little Paul, himself, it was later revealed, had been brought back to the hospital – reportedly at the request of White House staff – having been discharged days earlier.
All eight adult patients who were still at the medical center refused to meet with Trump, the Washington Post reported.
Many in the city hold Trump and his anti-immigration rhetoric responsible for the shooting: the suspected killer was a white supremacist who drove more than 10 hours to open fire on a store popular with Hispanic shoppers.