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Trump, Dayton Mayor Whaley, Sen. Brown get in Twitter fight over president's visit

Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News on

Published in Political News

DAYTON, Ohio -- President Donald Trump left Dayton saying Mayor Nan Whaley and Sen. Sherrod Brown "misrepresented" what happened when Trump visited with shooting survivors and first responders Wednesday at Miami Valley Hospital.

Trump tweeted at about 3:50 p.m.: "Just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the Victims & families, Law Enforcement, Medical Staff & First Responders. It was a warm & wonderful visit. Tremendous enthusiasm & even Love. Then I saw failed Presidential Candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown & Mayor Whaley totally ...

"...misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing," Trump concluded.

Brown, a Democrat, said he met with Trump Wednesday and urged him to call on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to have the Senate take up the gun purchase background checks bill that passed the House.

"I asked the president to promise to me and to the American people that he will sign that bill, after he had spoken out in support of it," Brown said at a news conference at Dayton City Hall after Trump's visit to Miami Valley. He said Trump "only said that we will get things done."

Brown recounted that at one point during the visit, Trump turned to police officers and first-responders, saying he wanted to give them "honors and awards."

 

Brown said he responded to the president by saying, "Mr. President, respectfully, in this group of 20 to 30 people, respectfully, the most important thing you can do for these police officers is take these assault weapons off the streets so they don't have to go out against those assault weapons."

The senator said he also emphasized to Trump the importance of maintaining the Affordable Care Act, as a tool to help address mental health problems.

Whaley, also a Democrat, said she emphasized to Trump "the importance of action around the issue of guns."

"Too often we just see complete inaction," she said.

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