Trump trades barbs prior to El Paso visit

National News

August 7, 2019 - 10:26 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to El Paso and Dayton today to offer a message of healing and unity, but he will be met by hostility in both places by people who fault his own incendiary words as a contributing cause to the mass shootings.

The mayors of both cities are calling for Trump to change his rhetoric about immigrants. Multiple protests are planned. And Democratic presidential candidates continue to criticize him, including former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who will hold a counter-rally in his hometown of El Paso during the president’s visit.

As the president left the White House, he strongly criticized those who say he bears some responsibility for the nation’s divisions, returning to political arguing even as he calls for unity.

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