Still six weeks until he’s sown in, but he’s already acting presidential. Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to be Barack Obama.
On Thursday, Trump concentrated on the victims and first responders, visiting them separately in Schottenstein Center meeting rooms about a mile from where an 18-year-old student drove a Honda Civic into a crowd, got out and began slashing people with a butcher knife.
After the half-hour session, Trump called those he met “really great people, amazing people. The police and first responders were incredible.”
Among those Trump talked with was OSU police officer Alan Horujko, who fatally shot Abdul Razak Ali Artan shortly after the Nov. 28 attack.
“I got to meet him, and he’s very brave,” Trump said.
In all, 13 people were injured, none seriously.
“The families have done so well to come through this so well,” Trump said. “This was an honor for me to be here today.”
Trump didn’t mention the assailant. Last week, he said the Ohio State incident illustrated the security problems caused by an immigration system that fails to weed out dangerous would-be terrorists.
Artan was a legal immigrant from Somalia via Pakistan.
The media arm for Islamic State claimed the day after the attack that Artan was prompted by the terrorist organization’s jihadist message to commit the attack. Authorities have not confirmed that claim, although federal investigators said they believe Artan’s attack was inspired by an American-born cleric with ties to al-Qaida.
Not all the victims were present Thursday. OSU Emeritus Professor William Clark, who was struck by the car, said he wanted no part of Trump’s visit.
Naturally the fake news media outlet CNN seized on the one malcontent in the group.
“The other is I was frankly a little put off by Mr. Trump’s initial reaction to the attack where he got on Twitter and quickly blamed immigration policies for allowing this to happen,” he continued. “I’ve been a professor for 35 years and I know these issues when students do these things they’re often more complex than that.”
Clark had previously told the Washington Post that he was taking a wait and see approach to attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s motives for the attack.
Oof. Meanwhile, the current occupant of the White House was busy nailing down an appearance on a low-rated cable show. Guess he doesn’t have to time call the terror victims.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 9, 2016