Anti-Semite accused of killing 11 in USA synagogue shooting pleads not guilty

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During a packed prayer service for the siblings, Rabbi Myers said: "They could illustrate a dictionary definition for "pure souls".

In this October 29, 2018, file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the in Pittsburgh.

"He adores Jewish-Americans as part of his own family", Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during a press briefing on Monday, according to Politico.

He made no public remarks.

The visit comes after the deadliest anti-Semitic terror attack in USA history where 11 were killed by an anti-immigrant shooter on Saturday. If it were not fully clear that he wasn't welcome in Squirrel Hill, the first family was awkwardly only greeted by a National Guard official at the airport - no Pennsylvania state politicians or local leaders. He is also charged with injuring four police officers, some during a gunfight before his arrest.

Gottfried, 65, was a husband, a brother and a compassionate hand who helped many in his community.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a rally in Florida where talk quickly turned to pointing fingers at the media for sowing "anger and division" in wake of the tragedy in Pittsburgh.

Also joining Trump on his trip to Pennsylvania's second-largest city were Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, his daughter and son-in-law who are Jewish and serve as White House advisers.

Outside the synagogue, President Trump placed rocks, a Jewish funeral tradition, on symbolic markers with a Star of David for each victim.

As they marched on, past a fire station and standing police officers, they applauded loudly and chanted "thank you" in tribute to the first responders who were called out to the massacre on Saturday.

Funerals will be held for Sylvan Simon (86) his wife, Bernice (84) and for Richard Gottfried (65) who were killed on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill district in the worst anti-Semitic attack in USA history.

He was in a wheelchair during his first court appearance on Monday.

"Melania and I were treated very nicely yesterday in Pittsburgh", Trump said on Twitter. "Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!"

"Well, I'm just going to pay my respects", Trump told Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham.

The US president has repeatedly used terms, such as "globalist", which has a historic anti-Semitic connotation and has indulged in conspiracy theories that originated in white supremacist circles, such as his unfounded claim that George Soros was funding protesters against his Supreme Court pick.

More than 70,000 people have signed an open letter published by a progressive Jewish organisation in Pittsburgh, saying Trump is not welcome in the city until he denounces white nationalism and stops "targeting" minorities in his rhetoric and policies.

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