Trump pays tribute at Pittsburgh synagogue

Trump pays tribute at Pittsburgh synagogue

Bowers has been charged with 29 counts of criminal activity, including hate crimes and using a firearm to commit murder.

People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday's shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

Myers has reportedly become a target for partisan hate in the days following the worst attack on Jews in the United States - and all because Myers expressed his welcome to the president with open arms.

At least three of the doctors and nurses who treated him when he arrived at Allegheny General Hospital were Jewish, hospital president Dr. Jeffrey Cohen told WTAE Action 4 News in Pittsburgh.

The city's Democratic mayor, Bill Peduto, urged the president not to come while friends and families were burying their loved ones.

Bowers made a brief court appearance in a wheelchair on Monday, after being released from a nearby hospital hours before the hearing - he was wounded Saturday in a gunfight with police.

Around 2000 protesters, including many of Pittsburgh's Jewish community, were waiting for him.

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Bowers, 46, spoke only to confirm his details, saying 'Yes, I am, ' when asked by Judge Robert Mitchell if he was the defendant in the case. At an official event before that rally, Trump told a Future Farmers of America conference in Indianapolis, that he felt an "obligation" to lead the campaign rally even though he didn't want to go to avoid making the perpetrators of violent acts "too important". "And President Trump, he's so divisive and there's such strong feelings on all sides, it will be a distraction", Diamond said.

"To know that people, husband's, wives', sons and daughters were going to a place of worship and not being able to return it tugs at your heart", said Wadalwala. "I was curious as to what this gentleman was and to make sure he was being taken care of".

"Where did I get the strength?"

Peduto, a Democrat, said on Monday Trump should hold off on his visit until after the 11 victims' funerals have been held, as the city does not have enough public safety personnel to cover both the funeral services and a presidential visit at the same time.

Earlier, more than 74,500 people had signed an open letter from a group of Jewish leaders that told Mr Trump: "You are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism".

Rabbi Josh Brown from Temple Israel said the tragedy at Tree of Life was very real and painful for his Akron congregation.

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