When President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walked into a Las Vegas hospital to meet with families of victims of the Las Vegas shooting, one man who was shot in the leg insisted that he stand to meet the President of the United States.
Las Vegas shooting victim Thomas Gunderson, 28, posted a video on Facebook of his encounter with President Trump.
“I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!” Gunderson wrote in his Facebook post. “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my President and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!”
“Hi, Thomas. How are you? No, don’t get up. Don’t get up,” First Lady Melania Trump can be heard saying in the video while Gunderson begins to get up out of the hospital bed to shake her hand.
A few seconds later, President Trump walks into the room to speak with Gunderson and shake his hand.
“Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” President Trump said.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Las Vegas last Wednesday to meet with victims and their families, and to praise the first responders, nurses, EMTs and doctors who worked tirelessly to help save the lives of those shot during the Las Vegas massacre.
On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 others. Paddock was found dead in his hotel room when police entered.