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Trump blames Pittsburgh synagogue shooting deaths on lack of armed ‘protection’

American president criticised for saying the outcome of the “would have been far better” if there was more security

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said the outcome of a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning “would have been far better” if the synagogue had more armed protection inside.

“This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside, they might have been able to stop him immediately,” Trump told reporters just hours after the shooting. “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.”

The shooting left eight dead and several others injured.

Trump also said those who commit violence inside houses of worship should receive the death penalty.

“When people do this, they should get the death penalty and they shouldn’t have to wait years and years,” he said. “They should pay the ultimate price.”

The president repeatedly referred to the synagogue shooter, identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, as a “wacko,” a “maniac” and “crazy.” Bowers was taken into custody.

Trump’s comments drew condemnation on social media from many who saw him as blaming the synagogue for the incident. U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., criticised the president for a “lack of empathy.”

Tommy Vietor, a political commentator and podcaster who worked in the Obama administration, also lashed out at Trump.

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