Trump expected to visit El Paso and Dayton after mass shootings

Trump expected to visit El Paso and Dayton after mass shootings
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE is expected to visit El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this week in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in the cities.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo (R) said at a news conference that Trump will on Wednesday visit the city, where more than 20 people were killed on Saturday at a Walmart.

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisories also suggest that Trump will travel to Dayton on Wednesday.

The White House declined to comment on the president's travel, and there have been no formal announcements about visiting the sites of the shootings.

The suspected El Paso gunman allegedly wrote a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto that was published just before the attack that warned of a Latino “invasion.” Federal authorities are considering charging him with hate crimes.

Democrats nationally have argued Trump's own rhetoric about immigrants — warning of an "invasion" of migrants and broadly painting them as criminals — has contributed to a toxic and violent atmosphere.

Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa FBI: Arson attacks directed at three Catholic churches in El Paso Toomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' MORE, a Democratic presidential candidate who previously represented El Paso in Congress, tweeted earlier Monday that Trump "helped create the hatred that made Saturday's tragedy possible" and "should not come to El Paso."

"We need to heal," O'Rourke tweeted. "He has no place here."

Margo told reporters that he would welcome Trump but that he would push back on any "harmful and inaccurate statements" made about the city. 

"We will not allow anyone to portray El Paso in a manner that is not consistent with our history and values," the mayor said.

An FAA advisory indicates Trump will also spend part of the day in Dayton, where a gunman killed nine people and wounded dozens of others.

In a prepared speech earlier Monday, Trump called on the nation to condemn hatred and white supremacy and vowed federal assistance for the communities recovering from the shootings.

Reading from a teleprompter late in his remarks, Trump misspoke and mentioned shooting victims in Toledo, Ohio, rather than Dayton.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) later chided Trump over the slip, telling reporters that she hadn't heard definitively whether the president would visit on Wednesday.

"I've heard that he’s coming Wednesday, but I have not gotten a call," Whaley said, adding with a smile, "He might be going to Toledo. I don't know."

Updated at 6:41 p.m.