Whaley herself responded on Twitter, saying: "Not sure what the President thinks @SenSherrodBrown and I misrepresented. As we said, the victims and first responders were comforted by his presence. Let's hope he's not one of these all talk, no action politicians and actually does something on gun control. #DoSomething."
After the president's tweet, Brown's office sent along this statement from the senator:
"I've said before Donald Trump is a bully and bullies are cowards. I don't care what he says about me. But the people of Dayton deserve a President more focused on protecting them from gun violence than protecting his own ego."
During the news conference, Whaley encouraged residents to do three things: Dine and shop in the Oregon District, donate to the Dayton Foundation, which has set up a fund for shooting victims, and urge Congress and the Ohio General Assembly to act.
Whaley has been thrust into the national spotlight by Sunday's shootings in the Oregon District, while Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, both Republicans, have signaled new openness to some forms of gun control, with DeWine Tuesday endorsing a "red flag" law and background checks for most firearm purchases. Turner, for his part, has now backed magazine limits and a ban on sales of military-style guns.
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