POTUS and Melania Reflect Upon ‘Solemn Day’ Spent Offering ‘Heartfelt Sympathies’ After Synagogue Shooting

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In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting where a gunman killed 11 people, President Donald Trump, alongside U.S. first lady Melania Trump, visited the site to give their condolences to victims’ families.

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An anti-Semitic gunman attacked the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday during Sabbath religious services.

The gunman told police that his goal was to “kill Jews.”

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Melania took a moment to share that her “heart breaks” as she heard the news about the mass shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue.

“The violence needs to stop,” Melania wrote, condemning the violent attacks — especially since the shooting came after a man sent bomb packages to prominent Democrat politicians and public figures this past week.

The president, along with the first lady and Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, lit candles in memory of the 11 victims.

“The rabbi talked a lot about the bravery of the law enforcement,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a White House press release.

The president called his time with the rabbi, “very humbling and very sad.”

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“He wanted today to be about showing respect for the families and the friends of the victims as well as for Jewish Americans,” Sanders said, as previously reported by IJR.

The president and first lady placed flowers from one of the White House gardens on each of the memorials.

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President Trump’s Daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner also accompanied the president on the Pittsburgh visit.

Sanders said that “the president adores Jewish Americans. The president in the grandfather of three Jewish children and the father of a Jewish American.” — Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry Kushner.

Melania went on to share how hate “will never win against strength found in love & faith.”

“Our country grieves alongside the Jewish community & we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to the families & friends of Tree of Life Synagogue.”

Trump and the first lady also visited the hospital where they met with three of the law enforcement officers that were wounded in the shooting, including one “who had been shot seven times,” Sanders said.

He also spent an hour with the widow of Dr. Richard Gottfried, 65, who was shot.

According to Sanders, the widow wanted “to meet the President to let him know that people wanted him there.”

Melania gave recognition to the law enforcement for their “selfless service” to their community.

“You run towards danger in order to keep all of us safe and deserve our utmost respect and gratitude.”

At the first funerals held on Tuesday, more than 1,800 people from across the country came to pay their respects to the relatives of David Rosenthal, 54 and Cecil Rosenthal, 59 — two brothers who were among the 11 mostly elderly congregants killed on Saturday.

Trump labeled the visit as a “very sad & solemn day.”

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Suspect Robert Bowers rolled into court on Monday in a wheelchair where he waved the reading of the charges — he is being charged with 29 criminal counts, including 11 federal hate-crime charges and 11 counts of using a firearm to kill, USA Today reported.

The 46-year-old is possibly facing a death penalty case — U.S. Attorney Scott Brady is seeking approval from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and another hearing is set for Thursday.

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