Sanders rebuffs WaPo on Trump focusing on shooting responders: 'Very misleading'
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called out The Washington Post on Saturday, saying its report on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE's visit to Florida following the school shooting there this week was "very misleading."

Sanders said the story, which said Trump's visit focused more on praising first responders to the shooting than comforting the victims and their families, was inaccurate since Trump didn't allow reporters into the hospital rooms of the victims he visited.


The press secretary's comments came in response to Philip Rucker, the White House bureau chief for the Post, who praised the "very nice" article for its portrayal of the visit as Trump acting "not as comforter in chief, but as congratulator in chief."

"Actually @PhilipRucker it's not very nice, but it is very misleading," Sanders responded, saying the president "spent private time w/ victims of the shooting & their families. Out of respect for them he didn't bring media into their hospital rooms but don't let the truth get in the way of your anti-Trump narrative."

Trump on Friday visited a South Florida hospital where eight wounded victims from the high school shooting were treated, along with the suspected gunman. Two of the victims being treated at that hospital have since died, according to officials. 

The Post's report noted that Trump "spent much of his time congratulating the responders instead of memorializing the victims" of the shooting during his public remarks, and praised police and doctors for their quick actions to save the injured and secure the school. 

"It’s sad something like that could happen,” Trump said at the hospital.

Trump called doctors at the hospital “incredible.” He also complimented the response of emergency personnel as “record-setting” and “in one case 20 minutes.”

The president later shared photos of his visit on Twitter, including one photo of himself inside a hospital room along with others with him alongside medical staff.

The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge Trumps tour Taj Mahal to cap off first day in India The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE later visited the sheriff's office in Parkland, Fla., which responded to the shooting on Wednesday.

“Thank you all very much. Fantastic job. Thank you,” Trump told law enforcement officers. “Incredible job and everybody is talking about it."

Trump has yet to weigh in on demands by Democratic lawmakers and members of the school for tighter gun control measures following the shooting, where a teenager is accused of using a a semi-automatic weapon to kill 17 students and faculty and wound more than a dozen others.