Last week, President-elect Donald Trump was all about the perpetrator of the attack at Ohio State University, calling the man “a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.” Yesterday, Trump concentrated on the victims and first responders, visiting them separately about a mile from where an 18-year-old student drove a car into a crowd, got out and began slashing people with a butcher knife, reports the Columbus Dispatch. After the half-hour session, Trump called those he met “really great people, amazing people. The police and first responders were incredible.”
Among those Trump talked with was university police officer Alan Horujko, who fatally shot Abdul Razak Ali Artan after the Nov. 28 attack. “I got to meet him, and he’s very brave,” Trump said. In all, 13 people were injured, none seriously. Trump didn’t mention the assailant. Last week, he said the Ohio State incident illustrated the security problems caused by an immigration system that fails to weed out dangerous would-be terrorists. Artan was a legal immigrant from Somalia via Pakistan. The media arm for Islamic State claimed that Artan was prompted by the terrorist organization’s jihadist message to commit the attack. Authorities have not confirmed that claim, although federal investigators said they believe Artan’s attack was inspired by an American-born cleric with ties to al-Qaida.