Baby Whose Parents Died Shielding Him From El Paso Shooter Reportedly Brought Back to Hospital to Meet Donald Trump

The two-month old baby whose parents were killed during the mass shooting in Texas was brought back to hospital specifically to meet President Donald Trump for a photo opportunity, it has been reported.

Trump visited El Paso's University Medical Center to meet with victims of Saturday's shootings in the city which left at least 22 people dead and dozens injured.

Along with the first lady, Trump was pictured with the baby who has been identified as Paul Achondo, the son of Andre Anchondo and his wife Jordan, who appear to have died shielding the infant.

The Washington Post had reported that none of the eight patients being treated at the hospital wanted to meet the president, and some did not want any visitors at all.

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But an official at El Paso's University Medical Center told CNN that two patients who had been discharged were brought back to the hospital to meet Trump, one of them the infant, who was only grazed by a bullet.

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Abel Valenzuela, local of El Paso, meditates in front of the makeshift memorial for shooting victims at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas on August 8, 2019. President Donald Trump visited the hospital where victims were treated. PAUL RATJE/Getty Images

CNN host Jim Acosta said on Thursday night that according to the hospital official, the president displayed an "absence of empathy" during the visit.

The hospital official went on to say the president made other comments similar to his remarks about congressman Beto O'Rourke that left some staffers thinking that Trump was not focused enough on consoling people, Acosta added.

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The network also reported how White House aides had conceded that the president's visits to Dayton and El Paso did not go as planned.

New video released show how he bragged about crowd sizes while visiting patients and denouncing local officials.

White House correspondent for The New York Times, Maggie Haberman told CNN that some Trump officials "will privately admit this was something of a debacle, these are not the headlines they wanted to see."

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However, the uncle of the baby, who was pictured with the Trumps, defended the president's visit, telling NPR that he did not believe his rhetoric about immigrants helped incite the violence, as critics and protesters have been saying.

Tito Anchondo said: "I can see why people would believe that and yes, maybe he said things in bad taste. But I think people are misconstruing President Trump's ideas," adding that "my brother was very supportive of Trump."

He wanted a face-to-face talk with the president.

"I want to see his reaction in person. I want to see if he's genuine and see if my political views are right or wrong. And see if he feels maybe some kind of remorse for statements that he's made.

"I just want to have a human-to-human talk with him and see how he feels," he told the radio network.

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