Video Shows Pittsburgh Hospital Employees Thanking Donald Trump for Visiting

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.
October 31, 2018 Updated: November 6, 2018

A hospital employee recorded a video showing workers profusely thanking President Donald Trump for visiting Pittsburgh on Oct. 30.

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.

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.

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.

Trump pays respects at synagogue
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, alongside Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, place stones and flowers on a memorial as they pay their respects at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 30, 2018. Three days before, a gunman entered the synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 and wounding six. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

“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.


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.