U.S. President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, visited shooting victims in hospitals in Ohio and Texas on Wednesday but stayed away from an entertainment district in Dayton and a Walmart in El Paso where gunmen killed 31 people last weekend.
Both locations attracted demonstrators who opposed Trump's visit while calling for gun control legislation. Trump supporters also showed up in both cities.
Veronica Escobar headshot, as US Representative of Texas, graphic element on gray
Democratic U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar, whose district includes the site of the store shooting, said she declined an invitation to accompany Trump during his visit because of the pain his rhetoric had caused the community and the country.
Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said the president was not welcome there and had urged him to stay away because of his often incendiary anti-immigration rhetoric.
Hours before leaving Washington, Trump on Twitter assailed the former congressman from El Paso.
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