Trump Bars Parkland Father From WH Event Featuring Families Of Shooting Victims
The White House invited families of victims from the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to attend the Trump administration’s announcement of a new website designed to help America’s schools assess their safety practices — but at least one family was not invited to attend.
According to The Miami Herald, Fred Guttenberg — whose 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, was one of the 17 people killed during the mass shooting — was not told about the event, let alone invited.
Guttenberg told the newspaper that he learned of the event from a reporter but had not received an invitation.
“I love the families and do not want to interfere,” Guttenberg wrote in a text message to the Herald. “My issue is only with the way the [White House] put out its public schedule.”
In its public release, the White House said “the president greets Parkland families” in the Oval Office.
Guttenberg garnered attention last week when he was removed from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, after having been invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The father, who became a gun control advocate after his daughter’s death, was escorted out after shouting at Trump while he spoke about the Second Amendment.