Dayton mayor 'at a loss' over Trump grievances after visit

Henrietta Strickland
August 11, 2019

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Despite protests in both cities, the White House insisted Trump had received positive receptions.

According to CBN News, Trump and the first lady visited a hospital in Dayton where victims of Sunday's shooting were taken after the attack. Rep. Veronica Escobar, the Democratic congresswoman who represents the city, declined to meet with Trump. However, residents and lawmakers are angry about Trump's visit, asking him to stay at the White House as communities keep fighting with the victims involved in the shootings.

O'Rourke, a potential Democratic 2020 presidential rival, has blistered Trump as a racist instigator, but he also told those in his audience the open way the people of his hometown treat each other could be "the example to the United States of America".

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House on Wednesday, Trump reiterated that he thought "illegal immigration is a awful thing for this country", and he blamed criticism of his stances on immigration and guns on rivals "looking for political gain".

He also met with law enforcement and hospital staff. Hours later, nine people and the suspect were killed in a rampage in Dayton.

In Dayton, Trump told shooting survivors that "you had God watching".

Brown, who met with Trump earlier in the day, said that he pushed the president to not repeal the Affordable Care Act and to make strides toward enacting stricter gun control laws. "It is genuinely sad to see them immediately hold such a dishonest press conference in the name of partisan politics", she wrote. "I want you to know we're with you all the way", according to presidential spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. "He is a bully and a coward and it's fine he wants to bully me and Senator Brown, we're okay, we can take it", said Whaley, adding, "The citizens of Dayton deserve action". But two sources told CNN that Gordon wasn't viewed by some in the administration as the type of political loyalist Trump wanted in the role.

"All over the world, they're talking about the job you've done", Trump said to them.

During Trump's first stop in OH, he met with medical workers at Miami Valley Hospital, posing for a group photo and grinning with two thumbs up. Victims of a mass shooting in the city's Oregon District on August 4 were there for treatment.

The White House, which had kept away news photographers, saying that it didn't want to treat the visit as a photo-op, subsequently published its own pictures showing Trump alongside medical staff, police and victims.

Dayton's emotions are still raw in the aftermath of the early-morning shooting rampage that left 10 dead, including the gunman, in the city's popular OR entertainment district.

"I think background checks are important".

"Nothing to do with Trump but nobody ever mentions that", he said.

The El Paso shooter was scared that illegal immigrants will take over Texas, while the OH shooter is not a white nationalist, nor a Trump supporter but a pro-Antifa socialist with a history of violence.

While Trump condemned both sides for the violence, specifically condemning white nationalism, he also said that there "some very fine people on both sides", which many media outlets and politicians used to claim Trump was fueling white supremacy. He spoke to President Trump just after the massacres, where 31 died. "News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these awful problems will only get worse!", Trump said. Both Patrick Crusius (the El Paso shooter) and Connor Betts (the Dayton, Ohio shooter) shared these attributes.

President Donald TrumpWomen kneel at a vigil in El Paso following the mass shooting there.

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