Trump Boasts 'Amazing' Visit To Grieving US Cities. They Don't Seem So Thrilled.

For President Donald Trump, his visits on Wednesday to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio ― two cities struck by tragic mass shootings just days ago ― were what he described as “amazing.” For the swaths of frustrated protesters in both cities, however, the president’s visit was anything but.Trump promised to unite the grieving, angry communities as he prepared to land in both cities. Instead, he spent the day posing for photo-ops in hospitals, attacking Democratic officials who have criticised him, and boasting about his rally crowd sizes ― something not unusual for the president. Dayton Says, ‘Do Something’ Trump’s first stop was Dayton, where a white gunman killed nine people and injured at least 27 in the city’s downtown Oregon District early Sunday morning before police killed the shooter. The president was joined by Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who have both criticised the president’s divisive rhetoric.As Trump landed in Dayton to visit victims at Miami Valley Hospital, a clip from an NBC producer showed a long line of protesters near the medical centre holding signs that read, “Do something,” “Words have consequences” and “You are why!”Protestors near Miami Valley Hospital holding signs ahead of #POTUS visit in front of a large balloon of #Trump as a baby - signs read “YOU ARE WHY” and “DO SOMETHING” and “WORDS HAVE CONSEQUENCES” roughly 100 ppl here #[email protected]/OmeONpOJxz— Annie Rose Ramos (@Annie_Rose23) August 7, 2019Journalists were not allowed to accompany Trump into the hospital. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the visit was about meeting with victims and not a “photo op,” according to a press pool report.But the visit did indeed turn into a photo-op, with both the president and the White House tweeting photos of the president posing with patients, first responders and medical staff. Trump then tweeted a campaign-style video of his visit.President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS met with survivors, family members, and hospital staff in Dayton, Ohio, today. pic.twitter.com/owhGoAndNY— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 7, 2019A few hundred demonstrators lined the sidewalk across from the entrance to the hospital, Los Angeles Times reporter Eli Stokols said. Some people had Trump campaign flags, and one had a handwritten sign that said “Impeach.” “I usually am not able to come protest something like this, but I do not feel like this is a place where Trump should come for a photo-op on our dead people,” Dayton resident Lynell Graham told CNN. “He has made it clear he’s not sincere. ... We didn’t want him here.”After the hospital visit, Trump, Grisham and White House social media director Dan Scavino falsely accused Brown and Whaley of misrepresenting the type of reception the president got at the hospital.Very SAD to see Ohio Senator Brown, & Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley - LYING & completely mischaracterizing what took place w/ the President’s visit to Miami Valley Hospital today. They are disgraceful politicians, doing nothing but politicizing a mass shooting, at every turn they can..— Dan Scavino Jr.

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