Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, along with several top officials, traveled to the city to visit those wounded in a weekend synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead.
Four of the six left injured in the shooting were police officers.
President Trump and his wife visited the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center during the trip. Their visit there was closed to press.
— Sheryl Mascio (@sheryl_mascio) October 31, 2018
But an employee at the hospital, Sheryl Mascio, recorded the pair walking through a hallway as they were stopped by a group of employees who thanked them for visiting.
The Trumps approached the group, with the President thanking them in return.
One man then said, “Can I shake your hand, sir?”
The Trumps proceeded to shake the hands of the employees.
A heartfelt thank you to all law enforcement officers for your selfless service to your community and our country. You run towards danger in order to keep all of us safe and deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. #Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/DumSItjyG9
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 31, 2018
As the couple walked away, Ivanka Trump and Kushner were seen in the background. One male employee shouted out, “I love you Ivanka!” prompting laughter from both groups.
Mascio described the interaction as “all love.” In another tweet, as she shared a photo from Melania Trump, she added: “Thank you for coming to Pittsburgh! We know you care.”
The president spent more than an hour and 20 minutes inside the hospital, meeting with an officer still receiving treatment, two officers previously discharged, and a fourth who applied a tourniquet to one of the other officers after that office was shot, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“The president kept a solemn tone and was gracious. One officer had his 3-month old son and the president spent a lot of time with the baby,” said Dr. Steven Shapiro, the medical center’s chief medical and scientific officer.
“The beauty of it was there was nothing political, nothing profound. He was interested in hearing the patients’ stories and meeting the doctors and caregivers,” he added.
As the president visited with officers, Ivanka Trump and Kushner visited with another victim in that patient’s room and one patient who was otherwise unable to have visitors.
The presidential entourage stopped by the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill before traveling to the hospital and was greeted there by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers.
The group walked to a memorial set up outside the synagogue and the president and first lady set white flowers atop markers dedicated to the 11 who died. Trump did not speak publicly during the nearly four-hour visit to Pittsburgh.