Trump Visits the Grieving, and Stokes Divisions – The New York Times

In a news conference soon after Mr. Trump departed Dayton for El Paso, Mr. Brown and Ms. Whaley said the president refused to commit to signing such a bill, but told them that he would “get things done.” Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump told reporters that he supported background checks, as he has before, but he did not provide details about what legislation he might approve.

Mr. Brown said Mr. Trump “was received as well as you can expect by the patients.”

“They are hurting,” Mr. Brown said. “He was comforting. He and Melania did the right things. It’s his job in part to comfort people. I’m glad he did it.”

But later on Air Force One, the president soon attacked the senator and the mayor on Twitter. “Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud,” the president wrote. “It bore no resemblance to what took place.”

Mr. Scavino added on Twitter, “They are disgraceful politicians, doing nothing but politicizing a mass shooting, at every turn they can.”

After departing from El Paso, Mr. Trump was on the attack again. Reflecting his anger over television coverage of his day, which prominently featured the protests in both cities, he tweeted that the “Fake News” media “worked overtime trying to disparage me and the two trips, but it just didn’t work. The love, respect & enthusiasm were there for all to see.”

In Dayton, the main protest, which drew about 100 people, materialized along a stretch of South Main Street, in a grassy field a few blocks from the hospital where Mr. Trump was visiting some of the shooting victims.

Jim Madewell, 71, a retired printing press foreman who said he lives 100 yards from the Dayton suspect’s house, said the president’s language “throws gasoline on the fire,” and that leads to violence. “He feeds on negativity and hate and fear,” Mr. Madewell said.


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