The American president and his wife have visited the Jewish religious center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a gunman killed 11 people on Saturday. On Tuesday, Donald and Melania Trump spoke with the leader of the Tree of Life synagogue, Jeffrey Myers, and the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. The Trumps laid stones on markers honoring the victims, a Jewish tradition.
İvanka Trump, the president's daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, were also in attendance. Both are Jewish. Jared Kushner, center, and Ivanka Trump, left, greet Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, right, as they arrive with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump outside Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Ph
Nearby, a large crowd of demonstrators protested Trump’s visit. Some politicians and Jewish leaders had demanded the president stay away from Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism.
"If the president is looking to come to Pittsburgh," Peduto said, "I would ask that he not do so while we are burying the dead."
The family of one of the victims also rejected meeting with the president. The family said it objected to a statement Trump made about the shooting. The president said an armed guard might have prevented the attack had one been deployed at the synagogue.
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