Yesterday, President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Ohio to meet privately with victims of the Nov. 28 attack on campus, their families and the first responders that arrived on the volatile scene. While there was no official word on which victims were to attend, but The Columbus Dispatch did report that professor emeritus William Clark, who was hit by the car Abdul Razak Ali Artan was driving, would not be present.
Trump spoke to media but did not take any questions at the Schottenstein center after meeting the victims, saying it was an honor to be in Ohio and meet with the victims and first responders. OSU President Michael Drake reportedly met with Trump in a separate, private meeting.
“It’s an honor to be here. These were really brave people, amazing people. The police and first responders were incredible. The job done in particular by one young gentleman was incredible. I got to meet him and he was very brave. The families have done so well, to come through this so well. So a lot of respect.”
President-elect Donald Trump has made plans to travel and visit OSU to meet with the victims of the campus attack leaving 11 injured and the attacker dead.
According to the Associated Press, Trump will arrive Thursday but no further plans were discussed.
The events of the day were perpetrated by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an allegedly frustrated Muslim-American born in Somalia and living in the U.S. as a legal resident. ISIS has since taken responsibility for his actions despite no evidence to show they had any contact, according to the FBI.
After Artan hit a curb and purposefully hit several students and faculty with his car, he exited his vehicle and began stabbing and slashing with a butcher knife.
Moments later, OSU Police Officer Alan Horujko arrived on the scene and shooting and killing Artan.
Trump has gone on record against the immigration policies that allowed Artan’s family into the country.