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Trump Meets with Ohio Democrats Following Mass Shooting

Trump Meets with Ohio Democrats Following Mass Shooting Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House, MGN

Created: August 07, 2019 04:47 PM

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham characterized President Donald Trump's meeting with Democratic officials in Dayton, Ohio, as "very warm" as the group visited victims of a weekend mass shooting.

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Then Grisham tweeted against those same officials over their press conference after Trump's visit.

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, both Democrats, told a news conference after Trump's visit they had talked to the president about support for various gun control measures. Both criticized Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, with Brown saying he was "concerned about a president that divides in his rhetoric and plays to race in his rhetoric."

Grisham said the conversation with the Ohio officials "wasn't about supportive or not supportive." She added that the president was received "very warmly." And she said that none of the victims Trump spoke with at the hospital discussed gun control.

Grisham's words were relayed to news outlets in a call from Air Force One as Trump was en route to El Paso, Texas, the scene of another weekend mass shooting.

Later, Grisham tweeted that "it is genuinely sad" to see Brown and Whaley, after accompanying Trump on his visit to victims, "immediately hold such a dishonest press conference in the name of partisan politics."

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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