Teen Shot in Vegas Calls Trump 'Comforting' After His Visit to Her Hospital Room
A California teen injured in Sunday's mass shooting and was visited by Donald Trump during his trip to Las Vegas found the president "comforting."
"He was super nice," Tiffany Huizar, 18, told reporters from her bed at University Medical Center. "He wasn't who we see on social media."
Huizar is recovering after she was shot in the stomach and elbow when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 country music festival from his Mandalay Bay hotel room, killing at least 59.
In an official White House photo, Huizar lay in a hospital gown holding a big teddy bear as Trump and first lady Melania Trump said hello.
Asked by a reporter what made the president seem so comforting, the teen said: "I don't know, I guess tone of voice and, just, the way he was..."
Huizar, a high school student, is one of more than 500 people injured in Sunday's massacre, which is being called the worst in modern U.S. history.
Trump and first lady met with several other victims and first responders during their day-long trip to Las Vegas.
Trump stood with those responders and local law enforcement when he gave a speech on the tragedy.
The president said:
"In the depths of horror we will always find hope in the men and women who risk their lives for ours. The mass murder that took place on Sunday night [and] fills America's heart with grief. America is truly a nation in mourning.
"We pray for the recovery of the injured. And those injured officers who so bravely threw themselves into danger when duty called. And we grieve the loss of the law enforcement personnel who were killed in this viscous attack. Many families tonight will get to bed in a world that is suddenly empty the people they so dearly loved were torn away from them forever.
"Our souls are stricken with grief for every American that lost a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a son or a daughter. We know that your sorrow feels endless. We stand together to help you carry your pain. You are not alone. We will never leave your side."