President Trump Will Travel To Pittsburgh Tomorrow

Tuesday, 30 Oct, 2018

This has nothing to do with politics in America.

In a briefing with reporters on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump's continued heightened rhetoric.

President Donald Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the White House said on Monday, after a mass shooting this weekend killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. He said that "this evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. We must unite to conquer hate".

A police vehicle is posted near the Tree of Life/Or L'Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Acosta then asked Sanders if CNN was on the White House's list of "enemies", but she refused to be pinned down.

In response, a group of Pittsburgh's Jewish leaders wrote an open letter to the president, saying he was "not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism".

Asked if a national tragedy takes precedence over Trump's need to punch back against opponents, Sanders said Trump had repeatedly "risen to that occasion and worked to bring our country together" after the deadly Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people in October 2017, hurricanes and the tragedy in Pittsburgh.

Robert Bowers, to whom numerous anti-Semitic posts on social media prior to the shooting are attributed, will remain in jail pending a November 1 hearing. Federal prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty in the case, according to the AP.

The White House announced the trip Monday amid a mounting row over whether Trump's fierce rhetoric at campaign rallies and on Twitter has been partly responsible for stoking extremist fires ahead of November 6 midterm elections.

But the announcement came shortly after the mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, had called on the president not to visit so soon. The suspect, authorities said, was living in a van with windows covered with Trump stickers and pictures of top Democrats with cross-hairs over their faces.

Critics have said Trump's tough talk on immigrants and language about Jewish rivals such as Democratic donor George Soros has led to an increase in politically motivated violence.

Trump has made a number of statements in recent days suggesting the media is adding to "anger and outrage" in the US.

"Not if he's going to divide us further", Arlene Wolk, a neighbor, said. "The President of the United States is always welcome", he said in an interview. "And we have people who are ardent Democrats, people who are ardent Republicans, people who support the President, and people who don't", Hetzman said.

For example, Bowers had reportedly referred on social media to anger at a group of several thousand impoverished Central Americans now attempting to walk north to the United States - a favourite target of the president's anti-immigrant rhetoric. They have been decidedly non-partisan. "Many people are welcoming the president to go there and to help heal".