Tito Anchondo, the uncle of baby Paul, defended Trump by telling The Associated Press: "Trump was just there to give his condolences, and he was just being a human being".
Donald and Melania Trump have been photographed smiling and giving a thumbs-up as they held a baby orphaned in a mass shooting.
In an effort to squash criticism over the photo, Mr Anchondo has told NPR "people are misconstruing President Trump's ideas". The same user expressed he was both "genuinely confused" as well as "horrified" by the photo of the baby whose parents were killed carried by Melania while she posed beside a grinning Trump, who had given a thumbs up.
Later, a "senior White House official" confirmed to CNN that the photo showed the first lady holding "the son of Jordan Anchondo and Andre Anchondo, a young couple who were killed in last Saturday's shooting at a Walmart". The nephew was injured after Jordan fell on his body as she attempted to protect him. "You watch these things and see these things and you never think this is going to happen to your family", Terry said."How do parents go school shopping and then die shielding their baby from bullets?"
University Medical Center spokesman Ryan Mielke said the hospital had reached out to the Anchondo family and other discharged patients on Tuesday, the day before the president's visit, after it became clear that none of the hospitalized shooting victims would meet him. Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, accusing them of lying about components of his visit.
The story's lede noted that Trump was "was frustrated that his attacks on his political adversaries had resulted in more coverage than the cheery reception he received at a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, the first stop on his trip".
The controversial photo was posted with a number of other images depicting the President and First Lady meeting with first responders and local hospital staff.
Now the Washington Post has profiled Anchondo in a story headlined, "Why one family mourning El Paso victims chose to meet with Trump" and embedded a video on top of the story featuring people who refused to meet with Trump in Texas.
The first lady has several times in the wake of national or global tragedy acted as the more compassionate voice of the Trump administration. Trump has been accused multiple times of hypocrisy by critics who cite the glaring juxtaposition between her message and the actions of her husband.