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Trump attacks ‘fake news’ about protests during Pittsburgh visit

By Greg Heffer, news reporter

Donald Trump has attacked "fake news stories" about protests during his visit to a synagogue where 11 people were shot dead.

The US president visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday following the mass shooting during a baby naming ceremony at the weekend.

Mr Trump was joined by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner at the Tree of Life temple, on the same day the first funerals of the victims took place.

As their visit began, around 2,000 protesters staged an anti-Trump rally about a block away from the synagogue.

Some held signs carrying slogans such as "President Hate, leave our state" and "Trump lies kill".

More than 74,000 people also signed an open letter from a group of Jewish leaders telling Mr Trump: "You are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism".

People protest the arrival of US President Donald Trump as he visits the Tree of Life Congregation on October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 0:24
Video: Protesters clash as Trump visits scene of Pittsburgh shooting

The president made no public comments during his visit on Tuesday but, posting on Twitter on Wednesday, Mr Trump insisted he and Melania were "treated very nicely" during their visit.

He added: "The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day.

"We were treated so warmly. Small protest was not seen by us, staged far away. The Fake News stories were just the opposite — Disgraceful!"

Following the Pittsburgh massacre, Robert Bowers, 46, has been charged with 29 counts of criminal activity, including hate crimes and using a firearm to commit murder.

He is alleged to have shouted "All Jews must die" after storming the synagogue, with it later emerging he had accused Mr Trump online of doing nothing to stop an "infestation" by Jewish people.

President Trump places stones outside Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh 0:38
Video: Trump pays tribute to synagogue shooting victims

The shooting has renewed debate over Mr Trump’s rhetoric, which critics say has contributed to a surge in white nationalist and neo-Nazi activity.

Article source: “https://news.sky.com/story/trump-attacks-fake-news-about-protests-during-pittsburgh-visit-11540990”

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