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President Trump Punches Back Even as Synagogue Mourns

President Trump Punches Back Even as Synagogue Mourns

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was "outrageous" that anyone besides Bowers would be blamed for what happened.

The exact date hasn't been determined, but KDKA has learned the president is expected later in the week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Authorities have released the names of the 11 people killed by a gunman during worship services in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

"Once again, I'll remind you that the very first thing the president did was condemn the attacker and the very first thing the media did was blame the president", Sanders told Jackson, adding, "You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country".

Trump has said he plans to go to Pittsburgh, where the 46-year-old Bowers is accused of carrying out the massacre during Saturday prayers at the Tree of Life synagogue.

The two incidents have led to accusations that Trump has fanned violence through his nearly daily tweets and speeches lambasting immigrants, opponents and journalists in divisive and hardline language. "His daughter is a Jewish American and his son-in-law is a descendant of Holocaust survivors". He has also said armed security at the synagogue could have prevented the shooting while continuing to point fingers of blame at the media.

Sanders also defended Trump amid criticism that he has stoked divisions by refusing to tone down his inflammatory rhetoric in the wake of Saturday's shooting and last week's mail bombs targeting more than a dozen Democrats.

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Trump condemned the attacks and called for unity but then rapidly pivoted to tweeting about the media, which he branded "the true Enemy of People" on Monday, and lambasting political opponents at campaign rallies.

"Every time our country has experienced the type of heartache and pain that we have over the last week, this is a president who has risen to that occasion", Sanders said. She said Trump won't shy away from drawing distinctions with Democrats in the final week before the midterm elections.

Some Pittsburgh faith leaders have said they don't want Trump to visit until he makes a full-throated condemnation of white nationalism, but Sanders said the president has already done so "on several occasions" and wants to comfort victims. "Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!"

"Those individuals probably know who they are", Sanders quipped.

"I think it's irresponsible to blame the president and members of his administration for those heinous acts".

Last year, after a deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the United States president said there were "some very fine people" amongst both the violent white nationalists and counter-protesters.


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