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Thomas Gunderson, whose hospital bed meeting with President Trump went viral after he stood for the commander-in-chief despite being shot in the leg, spoke to Sean Hannity on Thursday.

"I just wanted to show them respect," Gunderson said.

He said he could tell that the Trumps "genuinely cared" about the people who were in the hospital.

He said that when Stephen Paddock first started shooting at the crowd, he thought the gunfire was a speaker malfunction or firecrackers.

Gunderson said the moment that the performers began running and people started screaming, he realized what was going on.

Video of Gunderson's encounter with the president shows him get out of his hospital bed as Trump and First Lady Melania Trump approach.

Mrs. Trump greets him and quietly says "don't get up" after seeing his injury.

Gunderson was adamant that he would stand for his president.

“There may be plenty of issues in this country, but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!” he said on Facebook.

“I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!”

Gunderson, 28, of Newport Beach, Ca., said two off-duty female police officers saved his life the night Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.


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