© 2021 Cincinnati Public Radio
purple_waveback6.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
SPOTLIGHT: Your 2021 voter guide to Cincinnati's races for mayor, City Council, school board and more ahead of Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 2. >>

Amid Protests, Trump Meets With Victims Of Ohio State Attack

Donald Trump came to Ohio State on Thursday to speak with victims of the November 28 attack.
Donald Trump came to Ohio State on Thursday to speak with victims of the November 28 attack.

President-elect Donald Trump visited the Ohio State University on Thursday afternoon to meet with victims and law enforcement involved in the November 28 attack.

After he met victims of the car and knife attack, Trump said they and their families were brave and praised the performance of first responders and police.

Trump mentioned in particular Ohio State officer Alan Horujko, who fatally shot OSU student Abdul Artan just moments after Artan began his attack, which hospitalized 11 people.

"The job done in particular by one young gentlemen was incredible," Trump said. "I got to meet him and he's very brave."

Dozens of Ohio State students gathered to protest the Trump's visit at the Schottenstein Center. Senior Leila Elaqad came to the protest carrying a sign that read, "Refugees welcome. Fascism out."

Elaqad said she believes Trump was trying to politicize the recent tragedy.

"And using it to fuel xenophobic hatred," Elaqad said. "I think that's why a lot of [protestors] were out there."

The meeting between Trump and the attack victims was not open to the public or the media. It is not known how many of the victims agreed to meet with Trump and what was discussed.

Copyright 2016 WOSU 89.7 NPR News