Trump pays tribute at Pittsburgh synagogue


Funeral services are continuing to be held for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue, where 11 Jewish worshipers were shot and killed in what has been described as the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.

The controversial president - whose visit was met by large protests from Jews and non-Jews alike who argued he'd given license to anti-Semites like the one who carried out Saturday's attack - visited the shaken Jewish community of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill.

This courtroom sketch depicts Robert Gregory Bowers, who was wounded in a gun battle with police as he appeared in a wheelchair at federal court on October 29, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

Bowers' appearance in court came as funerals for three more victims were planned for Thursday.

Suspect Robert Bowers faces 29 federal charges, including counts of hate crimes that are potentially punishable by death.

Robert Bowers, 46, spoke little in court on Thursday, other than to say he understood the charges against him and to enter a "not guilty" plea. He remains jailed without bail.

But Trump came anyway, on the same day as the first funerals for the victims.

Bowers also faces state charges, including 11 counts of criminal homicide and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

With signs and chants, the protestors told the president that "dividing people does not make America great;' his visit comes on the heels of announcing he'd be signing an executive order to take away birthright citizenship".

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Carrying signs that read "President Hate, Leave Our State!" and "Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now", the protesters gathered near the Tree of Life synagogue where the carnage unfolded on Saturday.

Funerals for the 11 victims began on Tuesday.

Students from the Yeshiva School of Pittsburgh, pay their respects as the funeral procession for Dr.

US President Donald Trump has offered condolences at the Pennsylvania synagogue where 11 Jewish worshippers were shot dead at the weekend.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said the wife of Richard Gottfried, who was killed, wanted Trump to know there were people wanted him there. Weis said she dreamed her father, 86, could now drive a sports auto as fast as he wanted without "Mom telling him to slow down".

He was joined by First Lady Melania Trump, his daughter and son-in-law at the Tree of Life temple in Pittsburgh.

The attack, following a wave of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats, heightened national tensions days ahead of elections on Tuesday that will decide whether US President Donald Trump loses the Republican majority he now enjoys in both houses of Congress.

"I do believe it would be best to put the attention on the families this week and if he were to visit, choose a different time", Peduto said.