White House talking to Waffle House hero about Trump meeting

The White House has reached out to arrange a potential meeting between President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE and James Shaw Jr., the man who confronted a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee. 

“My understanding is that there has been an outreach effort to bring him here to the White House and I’ll keep you updated on that as I have more information,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the Tuesday press briefing.


Sanders was responding to a question from American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan, who noted Trump has met with crew members and passengers of a Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing last week.

Trump himself has not tweeted or spoken about Shaw since the incident.

A gunman killed four people and injured at least four more after opening fire at a Nashville-area Waffle House on April 23.

Shaw, a customer at the Waffle House, rushed the gunman and wrestled the gun away, according to multiple reports. Shaw later started a GoFundMe page for families of the victims.

Sanders commended Shaw’s “heroic actions” during a press briefing last week and Vice President Pence tweeted his thanks to Shaw last week as well.