Pittsburgh mayor will not meet with Trump at visit after synagogue shooting

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) will reportedly not be appearing with President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE during his visit to the city on Tuesday in the wake of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue over the weekend.

A spokeswoman for the mayor confirmed Peduto’s decision to The Washington Post in a report published on Tuesday morning.

Pedoto had urged the president not to visit Pittsburgh until after the funerals for those who died in the Saturday shooting had concluded, saying that “all attention [Tuesday] should be on the victims.” 

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"We do not have enough public safety officials to provide enough protection at the funerals and to be able at the same time draw attention to a potential presidential visit,” the Pennsylvania Democrat said, according to local station WPXI.

“If the President is looking to come to Pittsburgh I would ask that he not do so while we are burying the dead,” the mayor added. “I would ask that White House staff contact the families and ask them if they want the President to be here."

Several top congressional leaders from both parties also reportedly declined an invitation from the White House to join Trump on his visit Tuesday.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Overnight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts MORE (R-Ky.) were reportedly unable to make the trip due to scheduling conflicts and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTimeline: The Trump whistleblower complaint DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Ukraine could badly damage both Donald Trump and the Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) also decided not to attend.

Trump’s visit to the city has been met with backlash from some in the Jewish community.

A group of progressive Jewish leaders penned an open letter over the weekend telling the Trump he is not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism. 

Over 57,000 people have also signed onto a petition from the group, the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, telling the president he is not welcome in the city.

Pedoto's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.