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Some skeptical as Trump prepares to visit sites of shootings

9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, August 06 2019 Aug 6, 2019 August 06, 2019 10:14 PM August 06, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JILL COLVIN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's plan to carry a message of national unity and healing to the sites of the most recent mass shootings in America is drawing skepticism from some local residents as well as Democratic candidates.

Trump is expected to visit Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday morning and El Paso, Texas, in the afternoon to praise first responders and console family members and survivors. A White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, says Trump also wants to have a conversation about ways to head off such violence in the future.

Critics of the president point to his own divisive language and his anti-immigrant rhetoric that sounds much like that of the El Paso gunman. Some go so far as to say he has helped to create the hatred that made the shootings possible.

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