The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces protests as he visits Dayton, El Paso

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces protests as he visits Dayton, El Paso | Defends remarks: 'I think my rhetoric brings people together' | Jabs at O'Rourke | Trump says he is 'all in favor' of background checks | Questions Congress's will to act | McConnell under pressure to hold gun vote | Sanders calls Dem debate format 'demeaning' | FedEx ends delivery deal with Amazon | Self-driving car gets test near Capitol



Check 'em:

Before leaving for Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso Texas, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE told reporters that he backs background checks on weapon purchases.

In Trump's words: "I'm looking to do background checks. I think background checks are important. I don't want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate. Sick people. I'm all in favor of it."

What about banning high powered weapons?: Trump doubted Congress would support that. "You have to have a political appetite within Congress and so far I haven't seen that," Trump told reporters.


Don't blame the rhetoric:

President Trump accused critics of "looking for political gain" by placing blame on his immigration stances. "I don't think my rhetoric does at all. I think my rhetoric brings people together. Our country is doing really well," Trump told reporters.


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Trump visits Ohio and Texas:

President Trump just visited Dayton, Ohio, in the aftermath of Sunday's mass shooting. The president is now heading to El Paso, Texas, to visit following Saturday's Walmart shooting.

Livestream of Trump's Dayton visit:

Video of protests against President Trump in Dayton:

Protester signs:



Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Dayton Democrat launches challenge to longtime GOP rep Dayton mayor: Trump visit after shooting was 'difficult on the community' MORE (D-Ohio). Brown said in a statement: "I spent much of yesterday wrestling with the right thing to do when President Trump visits Dayton today. I decided I have a responsibility to Ohioans to use this opportunity to look the president in the eye and urge him to do the right thing."



Today's feud -- Beto vs. Trump:

President Trump got into a dispute on Twitter with former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeHillicon Valley: O'Rourke proposal targets tech's legal shield | Dem wants public review of FCC agreement with T-Mobile, Sprint | Voters zero in on cybersecurity | Instagram to let users flag misinformation O'Rourke proposes holding tech platforms accountable for hate speech The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (D-Texas), telling the presidential candidate to "be quiet."

The tweet that started the back and forth -- Beto posted: "When President Trump comes to El Paso tomorrow, I will be joining our strong, beautiful, binational community at #ElPasoStrong. I hope to see you there."

Trump then trounced on Beto: "Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O'Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement -- & be quiet!"

Beto then responded to Trump: "22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I."



"I've been following Beto O'Rourke through his community as it mourns this week -- and person after person has thanked him for being their voice, for sticking up for their community, for confronting the president. None of his neighbors are telling him to be quiet." (From The Washington Post's Jenna Johnson


Where Hispanic leaders stand in the debate:

Via The Hill's Rafael Bernal, "President Trump's condemnation of 'racism, bigotry and white supremacy' is failing to soothe Hispanics in the wake of the shootings in El Paso, Texas, as members of the community fear more physical violence amid a climate of heightened rhetoric on immigration."

For example: Hispanic leaders and local community groups called on Trump to cancel today's visit to El Paso.

From Domingo García, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens: "President Trump owes an apology to all the victims in Gilroy, California and El Paso, Texas for using a predatory rhetoric and failing to condemn hate groups when, from the beginning of his presidency, after Charlottesville and leading all the way up to El Paso, he's created a toxic political environment and opened up a Pandora's box of white extremists." 



Bernie thinks the debates are ridiculous, too:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, "Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.) is frustrated by the Democratic presidential primary debates, saying that the spectacle of 20 candidates agitating for time plays to their worst instincts and is 'demeaning' to the field of contenders."

Keep in mind: The debate stage should shrink in the next debate. The Democratic National Committee doubled the polling and donor requirements for qualification. 



Washington is lovely in August and senators just want to experience that:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Democrats and gun control advocates are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report MORE (R-Ky.) to bring the Senate back from the August recess to pass gun legislation after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

When the Senate is currently scheduled to return: Sept. 9

From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down Trump ahead of New Hampshire speech: Lewandowski would be 'fantastic' senator MORE (D-N.Y.): "We're saying to Leader McConnell: do the right thing. Gavel the Senate to an emergency session so we can take immediate action." On why the bill has been held up: "Leader McConnell is not putting it on the floor. That's what's holding it back. That's it."



Spotted near the U.S. Capitol:

An Argo AI "self-driving test vehicle" was seen on the streets of Washington, D.C. Photo:



It's not you, it's me:

Via Reuters, FedEx is ending its ground-delivery contract with Amazon.

Timing: "The move by the U.S. package delivery company comes two months after it decided not to renew its contract with Amazon for U.S. cargo delivery through its plane-based express service." 

Keep in mind: "Analysts have said Amazon has secured a better rate with UPS for package deliveries on planes, so it makes little sense for the company to partner with FedEx." 






The House and Senate are out. President Trump is visiting Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, today. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

10:35 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE visit Dayton, Ohio 

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit El Paso, Texas.

10:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump get back to Washington, D.C.



10 a.m. EDT: Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockBullock mocks Trump with online tool to determine if Greenland is for sale CNN to host de Blasio, Bullock town halls Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (D), who is running for president, spoke at the National Press Club. Livestream:

12:35 p.m. EDT: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan Japan's Hormuz dilemma The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? MORE holds a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Livestream:



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