By D. C. Thursday August 8 2019

Donald Trump sought to console the grief-stricken residents of Dayton on Wednesday, a trip that has so far been conducted largely out of public view following Democratic criticism of the president’s ‘rhetoric’.

Journalists were not allowed to accompany Trump as he met with shooting victims, local officials, and police and other emergency workers at a Dayton hospital, and he made no public remarks while on the ground in Ohio, according to Bloomberg:

Trump told people injured in the Dayton shooting that he was “with them,” according to his press secretary, Stephanie Grisham. She told reporters aboard Air Force One that none of the victims raised gun control with the president during his visit. She didn’t say whether Trump met with families of people killed in the shooting.

But Trump was greeted by protests in the city, and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley confronted the president as soon as he arrived to demand he press Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on House legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers.

I asked the president to promise to me and to the American people that he will sign that bill after he’s spoken out in support of it with Senator McConnell,” Brown said at a news conference after Trump’s visit. Trump didn’t make that commitment, Brown said, only saying “we will get things done,” according to the senator.” – Bloomberg

But Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, attacked the two Democrats in a tweet, calling them “disgraceful politicians, doing nothing but politicizing a mass shooting, at every turn they can:

Democrats have accused Trump of helping to incite the attack with his inflammatory remarks, and Brown said he initially had planned not to meet with Trump during his visit. “I didn’t in any way want to encourage the president’s racist talk, divisive talk,” he said.

If the president tells the Congress, pass an assault weapon ban, if the president says pass legislation for universal background checks, the Republican Congress and the Senate will move on it and the House will undoubtedly move on it,” Brown said

There was tension between Trump and the mayors of both cities before his trip. Dayton’s mayor, Whaley, criticized Trump’s remarks on the shootings on Monday, when he blamed the attacks on mental illness and video games and didn’t endorse any new gun-safety measures.

If the president tells the Congress, pass an assault weapon ban, if the president says pass legislation for universal background checks, the Republican Congress and the Senate will move on it and the House will undoubtedly move on it,” Brown said.” – Bloomberg

The media cartel attempted to frame Trump’s visit as a moment of tension between Trump and the mayors of both cities before his trip. Dayton’s mayor, Whaley was highlighted, with her criticizm of Trump’s address on the shootings on Monday, when he blamed the attacks on mental illness and video games and didn’t endorse any new gun-safety measures

“His comments weren’t very helpful to the issue around guns,” Whaley said at a news conference on Tuesday. “If you just do mental health and don’t do gun work, on common-sense gun legislation, we will not be successful in this fight.”” – Bloomberg

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