White House: Trump spoke with Waffle House hero

White House: Trump spoke with Waffle House hero

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE spoke Monday morning with James Shaw Jr., who confronted a gunman at a Nashville-area Waffle House last month, the White House said. 

Deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters that Trump called Shaw and commended him for his “heroic actions and quick thinking.”

Shah said he did not know whether an invitation to visit the White House had been extended.


A gunman killed four people and injured at least four more after opening fire at the restaurant.

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.

The White House had previously praised Shaw's actions and Vice President Pence had tweeted about Shaw, but Trump had neither tweeted nor publicly spoken about him prior to Monday's call.

--Updated at 2:40 p.m.