The uncle of a baby who miraculously survived the massive shooting last weekend in El Paso, Texas, after being shielded by his parents, defended Donald Trump for smiling and giving a thumbs up on a photo with first lady Melania holding the baby in a hospital.
The image that became viral after being tweeted by the staff of Melania shows that she is holding Paul Anchondo, who is two months old and reportedly the youngest survivor of the August 3 massacre.
Among the family members in the photo was the baby's uncle, Tito Anchondo, a Trump supporter who told the Associated Press on Friday that POTUS & 39 was used to give his condolences and he was just a human. & # 39 ;
& # 39; Is it so hard to try to understand that a family is currently trying not to be sad? & # 39; said Anchondo, appearing on the photo along with a woman who is supposed to be his cousin's grandmother.
& # 39; We try to be as strong as possible. My brother's gone. & # 39;
Donald and Melania Trump met the two-month-old baby whose parents died while protecting him from gunfire in the shooting in El Paso. Also pictured is Andre & # 39; s brother Tito (left), and a family member who is considered the grandmother of the child (far right)
Jordan and Andre Anchondo are depicted with their son, Paul Gilbert, who is now two months old. His parents died when they were sheltered against the fire in the shooting in El Paso on Saturday
Baby Paul's parents Jordan and Andre Anchondo, both 25 and 24, respectively, died protecting them from a bullet rain when shooter Patrick Crusius accused fire in a Walmart store, killing 22 people and more than two dozen was injured.
The killed parents of the baby are also survived by the two daughters of Jordan, Skylin, 5, and Victoria, 2, from a previous relationship.
The first couple had gone to the El Paso University Medical Center on Wednesday to meet survivors as they posed with the child who had been brought to the medical facility by his family members.
The president, also accompanied by the first lady, had previously been to Dayton, Ohio, the second site of the two-day weekend shooting in which more than 30 people were dead, with the public calling for stricter arms laws.
FLOTUS placed images of the visit along with a caption that also refers to the Dayton shooting, in which 10 people died and 27 were wounded in a popular entertainment center.
& # 39; I met many incredible people yesterday in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. Their communities are strong and unbreakable. @ Potus and I am with you! & # 39; read the message.
The First Lady shared several images of her and husband Donald who met the victims of the shooting in El Paso, including a two-month-old baby who had now become an orphan after his parents died
Meanwhile, a hospital official told CNN & # 39; s Jim Accosta that the president & # 39; absence of empathy & # 39; during his visit to El Paso.
Tito Anchondo refused to describe the meeting with Trump in more detail to the Associated Press and said he had received death threats.
& # 39; We should now come together as a country instead of threatening each other with hate messages, & # 39; he said.
As happened earlier in Dayton on Wednesday, Trump was greeted by protesters who demanded arms control reform and an end to the harsh rhetoric – including some from the president – that is believed to contribute to a culture of violence in America.
During the flight from Dayton to El Paso, Trump tweeted photos of herself and first lady Melania Trump visiting injured patients in a hospital. Trump posed for photos with medical staff and spoke with law enforcement officials and gave a & # 39; thumb up & # 39; in a.
Paul Anchondo, who is two months old, is considered the youngest survivor of the El Paso massacre on August 3, killing 22 people, including his parents who died protecting their baby boy
Jordan Anchondo is pictured, (left), with her newborn baby Paul. She and husband Andre (pictured on the right with Paul) were shot and killed in an attempt to save their child in the shooting in El Paso
The killed parents of the baby are also survived by the two daughters of Jordan, Skylin, 5, and Victoria, 2, from an earlier relationship, all pictured above with their mother)
The El Paso Times reported Wednesday that some victims of the Walmart shooting did not want to meet the president when he visited the hospital.
Three of the eight survivors were unable to meet Trump because they were still too sick or because of a Spanish language barrier, said Henry Gallardo, president of the UMC president of the hospital board. Another five refused the offer.
& # 39; All victims were asked if they would be willing to have visitors, just like we do for all other people who come through the hospital to visit, & # 39; Gallardo told the El Paso Times.
& # 39; In that specific situation, the protocol was exactly the same. & # 39;
White House Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, told the news: & The president and first lady met the victims of the hospital tragedy.
She added: & # 39; I would also like to point out to you the video that the White House posted tonight, showing that the President and the First Lady are very warmly received by not only victims and their families, but also by the Many members of the medical staff who walk the corridors to meet them. It was a moving visit for all involved. & # 39;
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