After President Donald Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh, Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers told CNN about his interaction with him while he visited the synagogue where 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a targeted attack Saturday morning.
“I was privileged to have a private 15 to 20 minutes with [Trump’s] family. The president was very warm, very consoling, put his hand on my shoulder and the first question he asked me was, ‘Rabbi, tell me how you’re doing,'” Myers said.
“And I must say throughout the time we spent together, I was pleasantly surprised by a warm and personal side to the president that I don’t think America has seen,” he continued.
Watch the video below:
“The president then asked if I would escort he and the first lady to the makeshift memorial outside of the Tree of Life … the president placed a stone on each monument, the first lady a white rose,” he recounted.
Before Trump’s visit to the synagogue, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked if he was welcomed to visit.
“The president of the United States is always welcome,” Myers replied. “I am a citizen, he is my president. He is certainly welcome.”
“I don’t really foist blame upon any person,” he added. “Hate does not know religion, race, creed, political party. It’s not a political issue in any way, shape, or form. Hate does not know any of those things.”