READ: University Medical Center Spokesman Ryan Mielke Says: ‘At No Time Did or Would Physicians or Staff Leave Active Operating Rooms During the Presidential Visit’

After two horrific shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed 31 people earlier this month, President Donald Trump visited the impacted cities as well as some of the medical facilities caring for the injured.

Trump wouldn’t allow press to enter the hospitals because the visit was “not a photo-op” (it was), so a lot of what happened during the visit was left to Trump’s word, however unreliable.

The version of events Trump recently told reporters sounded a little…theatrical.

“The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it.”

As some may have suspected, the medical center is straight up denying the claim that doctors were coming out of operating rooms.

Ryan Mielke, spokesman for University Medical, told the Washington Post:

“At no time did, or would, physicians or staff leave active operating rooms during the presidential visit. Our priority is always patient care.”

As for Trump sensationalizing his reception, this was just par for the course.

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that a brain surgeon isn’t going to leave the operating room in the middle of literal brain surgery—even to meet the President.

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