Donald Trump meets shooting victims in El Paso, Dayton amid protests

Published: Aug 08, 2019, 08:35 IST | ANI

As Donald Trump visited a local hospital to meet the injured, a large group of El Pasoans gathered at a nearby parking lot prior to his arrival to protest against his visit.

Donald Trump meets shooting victims in El Paso, Dayton amid protests
US President Donald Trump speaks to the media aboard Air Force One while flying between El Paso, Texas and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Photo/AFP

El Paso/Dayton: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited El Paso in Texas and Dayton in Ohio in light of the mass shootings that killed 32 people over the weekend and met the kin of the victims and the injured. On August 3, 22 people were killed and 27 others were injured after a gunman opened fire in a Walmart shopping centre in El Paso. The suspect was identified by the police as a 21-year-old white man named Patrick Crusius.

As Trump visited a local hospital to meet the injured, a large group of El Pasoans gathered at a nearby parking lot prior to his arrival to protest against his visit. Protesters held signs claiming Trump has blood on his hands after the shooting and condemned his "hate speech."

Upon arrival, the US President and First Lady Melania Trump were greeted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, and El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. Earlier, Trump also visited Dayton, Ohio where a shooting incident killed ten people, including the suspect on August 4, less than 24 hours after the El Paso shooting.

Police said they neutralised the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Conner Betts, who reportedly had supported progressive Democratic candidates including Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

During the visits, the White House said that media was not allowed into the hospitals because Trump wanted to meet with the victims' families. "The trips were not about photo ops," a White House spokesperson said.

Earlier, Trump said he would "do something" about white supremacy and other hate groups in the country. The US President also called for tighter reforms, ranging from a background check on gun buyers to amendments in the immigration legislation, in the wake of the shooting incidents in El Paso and Dayton.

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