Doctors speak up after shootings: He's lying. We never left operating rooms to greet him
President Donald Trump intimated to reporters on the White House's South Lawn on Wednesday that his visits to El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio were such a hit that surgeons were even deserting patients to greet him.
“The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms,” Trump said. “There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it.”
While it's true that Trump did take a ton of photos with staff and patients, the hospitals are saying this is just a flat out lie.
“At no time did, or would, physicians or staff leave active operating rooms during the presidential visit,” Ryan Mielke, a spokesman for University Medical Center of El Paso, said in a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday. “Our priority is always patient care.”
“Our physicians and staff at no time leave an active operating room, procedural area or patient room to greet anyone,” said Ben Sutherly, a spokesman for Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
It's just Donald Trump's nature to always state things in a grandiose way. Maybe this is why the lies continue to trickle out of his mouth. He needs to believe this stuff.
Not everyone was so ecstatic to meet with the president, who seemed to make the visit more about himself than the families and victims of the latest two mass shootings to ravage the United States.
While the exact number of recovering victims who declined to meet with President Trump is unclear, here is a little fact that we do know: the University Medical Center in El Paso claims that out of the eight victims there during the stay, five were in critical condition and three in serious - all did not want to see Trump.
“This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” UMC’s Ryan Mielke said. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president, some of them didn’t want any visitors.”
Relatives of slain Jorge Calvillo Garcia, who injured brother was hospitalized at UMC thinks Trump should have stayed in the White House and needs to own the rhetoric coming out his mouth.
“I wish he [Trump] wouldn’t have needed to come. I think he just came to do a circus,” Saul Chavez told KDBC. “He was the one who brewed up all of this hatred against Mexicans. I guess he forgot what he said.”
Another family, relatives of a father and daughter who were injured, told KDBC the exact same thing.
“The whole family said if he wants to go into the room, no. We don’t want him in the patient’s room. And we respect all of our families opinion,” relative Leticia Mariscal said. “Because of the way he talked against Mexicans, against Hispanics so we don’t want to a person that are against our Mexicans."