Trump Visits Site of Deadly Mass Shooting in Pennsylvania

People walk past a projection on the Old City wall in Jerusalem Sunday Oct. 28 2018 in a commemoration of the victims of a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. A shooter opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 people in one of the deadl

The City Of Pittsburgh And Shooting Victims Told Trump To Stay Away. He Didn’t Listen.

As the Trumps placed their remembrances outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, protesters nearby shouted the president was not welcome.

The Democrats have responded to the Pittsburgh massacre by maintaining their silence on Trump's threats against the Central American caravan, downplaying his direct political responsibility for the growth of fascist violence, and criticizing him nearly exclusively for being a "divider" instead of a "uniter".

The first stop for the president and first lady was the Tree of Life Synagogue, where they were greeted by Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer.

A drained-looking Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, a survivor of the weekend shooting, hurried from service to service.

At a memorial outside, the first lady placed a flower and the president laid a small stone on a marker for each of the victims.

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner - wearing a Jewish skullcap - and daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism when she married Kushner, accompanied the president.

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The pair met with several victims of the shooting at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, which included medical staff and wounded officers who confronted the gunfire. The truck driver who often posted anti-Semitic messages online, and was described as a loner, is charged with 29 felony counts.

Trump stepped into the role of national comforter, a title he wears uncomfortably, with his visit to the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood. "Most of us get it".

In an open letter to Trump, Jewish group Bend The Arc asked Trump to kindly leave them alone until he denounces white nationalism.

Earlier in the day, thousands of mourners jammed a synagogue, a Jewish community center and a third, undisclosed site for the first in a weeklong series of funerals for victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history. The death toll includes a set of brothers, a husband and wife, professors, dentists and a physician.

Mr Dvir, 52, the owner of Murray Avenue Locksmith in Squirrel Hill, said of Mr Trump: "I think he made some mistakes but he is a great president".

One protester held a sign reading, "Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now, while another said, "Trump's lies kill".

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But Shayna Marcus, a nurse who rushed to the synagogue to help with the wounded, said she felt that the President was taking an unfair portion of the blame. Both are White House advisers. "For the President, it was not a moment for politics".

Services for 66-year-old doctor Jerry Rabinowitz and 71-year-old Daniel Stein followed in Pittsburgh, where scores of residents protested Trump's visit.

The Trumps were greeted on Tuesday by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who led them inside the temple, where the worst anti-Semitic attack in USA history unfolded on Saturday.

Mr Trump's visit to Pennsylvania's second largest city came seven days before elections that will determine whether his Republican Party maintains control of both houses of Congress or whether the Democrats seize a majority in one chamber or both. Others expressed fear of confrontation between those who support the president and those who did not want him to come.

As the president was driven through Pittsburgh, some bystanders made obscene gestures to his motorcade and thumbs-down gestures, reports AP news agency.

An aide to McConnell said the Kentucky Republican was unable to attend because of a conflict with events in his home state. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also opted not to participate.

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Ignoring the requests of the city's mayor, the feelings of a mourning family, and statements from the targeted Jewish community, President Trump is barging into the city of Pittsburgh like the Kool-Aid Man.

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