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Trump, first lady visit shooting victims at Dayton hospital

Cheryl McHenry, Bonnie Meibers and Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News on

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DAYTON, Ohio -- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited victims from Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton's Oregon District on Wednesday.

"You had God watching. I want you to know we're with you all the way," Trump said to one of the victims, according to press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Media outlets were not allowed to be with the president and first lady as they visited victims of the shooting, which left nine people dead.

"We will be meeting with first responders, law enforcement and some of the victims," President Trump said Wednesday.

The president and first lady were "stopping between rooms to thank the hardworking medical staff," Grisham said.

When asked about comments Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and political leaders in Texas made about his "rhetoric" on guns, the president said "they are trying to make political points."

Trump spoke to Whaley as he got off of Air Force One at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base around 11 a.m. local time. The mayor and Sen. Sherrod Brown plan to talk about the visit later Wednesday.

President Trump said when he talked to Whaley right after the shooting, the conversation "couldn't have been nicer."

Mayor Whaley said she will greet the president, but said his "rhetoric has been painful for many in our community and I think people should stand up and say they are not happy if they are not happy he's coming," Whaley said.

Several people gathered Tuesday afternoon at City Hall to protest the president's visit.

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