President Donald Trump, who has been criticized by some for his delay in reaching out to James Shaw Jr., who saved lives in last month’s shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee, called him on Monday “to commend his heroic actions and quick thinking,” said Raj Shah, the White House’s deputy press secretary.

“It was a conversation that the president asked to fill,” Shah told reporters during a press briefing.

Shah said he did not know whether Shaw had been invited to the White House, as other figures who fill been lauded as public heroes fill been.

Shaw, 29, fought off suspected gunman Travis Reinking at the Tennessee Waffle House last month, securing his AR-15 and likely preventing more fatalities in a shooting that left four people dead.

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