Trump visits victims in El Paso and Dayton despite protesters

Dayton's mayor said the city was grateful for the president's trip but said she'd confronted him on gun reform; Trump told ABC News his rhetoric was not to blame.
2:38 | 08/08/19

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We turn now to president trump's polarizing visits to Dayton and El Paso. The president and first lady meeting wounded victims in both cities. The white house keeping him mostly out of the public view. Protesters lined the streets el Paso. Many blaming him for the the domestic terror attack at a Walmart. The same scene in Dayton. ABC's Kyra Phillips is at the white house. Reporter: Tonight, president trump landing in El Paso, keeping a low profile as he visit as community still reeling from the mass shooting that killed 22 people. Many people there angry. Riot police on-hand. Our Marcus Moore is there. All of this happening right now just a few steps from the hospital where a number of people have been recovering. Reporter: Earlier today, air force one touching down in Dayton. A community paying their respects to lives lost while protesting the president's visit to their city to pay his. Not one more! Not one more! Reporter: Miami valley hospital releasing this image of the president's visit there, greeting staff. The media not permitted inside. Dayton's mayor saying they were "Grateful" for the president's visit, but said she confronted the president on gun reform. Do I think we're going to see another mass shooting tomorrow or Friday? Probably, because Washington will not move. Reporter: Former vice president Joe Biden taking on the president. It's both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation. Reporter: But the president telling me his rhetoric is not to blame. What do you say to your critics that believe it's your rhetoric that is 'em boldening white nationalists and inspiring this anger? So, my critics are political people. No, I don't think my rhetoric has at all. I think my rhetoric is a very -- it brings people together. And Kyra Phillips joins us now live from the white house. This morning, we heard it in your report, the president told reporters he wanted to stay out of the political fray, but this trip to visit with victims turned very political very quickly. Reporter: It sure did. As soon as he left Dayton, Ohio, he took to Twitter, tearing into the Ohio Democrats that he met with, saying that their news conference was a fraud, and as for Joe Biden, well, the president tweeting his speech today, Tom, was, quote, so boring. Kyra Phillips for us at the white house tonight. Kyra, thank you.

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