Sherrod Brown says he has no plans to meet with Trump during Dayton visit

Sherrod Brown says he has no plans to meet with Trump during Dayton visit
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field' GM officially sells Ohio plant, months after Trump touted sale MORE (D-Ohio) said Tuesday he has no plans to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE during the president’s planned visit to Ohio following a Sunday shooting in Dayton that killed nine people.

“I will not be there with him. I don’t have any interest because of what he’s done on this, total unwillingness to address the issue of guns, his racist rhetoric,” Brown told Sirius XM host Joe Madison.

“I don’t know what he’s going to say and do there. I mean, I welcome him to the state in some sense, but not about this,” he said.

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Brown told Madison his constituents were far more interested in concrete action against gun violence, citing chants of “do something” during a speech by Gov. Mike DeWine (R) at a vigil Sunday.

“I don’t know what the president’s doing there. I hope he apologizes for his racist rhetoric and his divisive tones,” Brown added.

The Ohio senator said “the best thing” the president could do would be to instruct Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (R-Ky.) to bring the Senate back into session to pass a bill mandating universal background checks, echoing remarks he made on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday.

Other Ohio and Texas elected officials have also been cool on Trump’s planned visit, with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) saying she plans to tell him “how unhelpful” he’s been.

“What do you see in D.C.? You see a lot of nothing happening on a lot of stuff and common sense gun reform is definitely an example where nothing’s happened,” she said Tuesday.

Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarRep. Veronica Escobar elected to represent freshman class in House leadership Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees House Democrats target Latino vote in Texas MORE (D-Texas), meanwhile, whose district includes part of El Paso, said Monday that Trump was not welcome in the city.

“He should not come here while we are in mourning,” Escobar said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”