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GOP and Democrats Snub Trump's Pittsburgh Trip

GOP and Democrats Snub Trump's Pittsburgh Trip

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has declined an offer from the White House to meet with President Donald Trump as he visits the city on Tuesday in the wake of the weekend shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue, with a spokesman saying he'll be busy instead attending funerals and supporting the victims' families.

The interview struck a chord with a lot of people on Twitter, as Dr Cohen showed compassion in highlighting the shooter's humanity following what is being called the worst anti-Semitic attack in USA history.

However, the rabbi of the synagogue targeted in Saturday's shooting said the president would be welcome.

"The president of the United States is always welcome", Myers said.

The brothers were widely known as "the boys", the Rosenthals' sister, Diane Hirt, noted.

Trump travelled to the historic hub of the city's Jewish community as the first funerals were scheduled to be held for the victims, who range in age from 54 to 97. "The very first thing the media did was blame the president", she said. Two of the surviving victims remained hospitalized in critical condition.

A line stretched around the block as mourners - some in white medical coats, some wearing yarmulkes, black hats or head scarves - passed beneath the blue Romanesque arches into the brick building.

Bowers arrived Monday in US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on Monday in handcuffs and was pushed in a wheelchair by federal marshals, who also stood throughout the room.

"A lot of people are feeling really angry about this".

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He was charged with obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death - a hate crime - and using a gun to commit murder, criminal homicide, aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. Don't get me wrong; I do. He told Fox News that he "just wanted to see him".

Pittsburgh County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also said he would not be seeing President Trump on Tuesday.

At a memorial outside, the first lady placed a flower and the president laid a small stone on a marker for each of the victims.

First lady Melania Trump, along with first daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, will reportedly make the trip to lend their support.

Hundreds of protesters gathered near the synagogue and the hospital.

"He didn't pull the trigger, but his verbiage and actions don't help", Carberry said. "His language has encouraged hatred and fear of immigrants, which is part of the reason why these people were killed", she said. The nurse, whose father is a rabbi, broke down in tears shortly after treating Bowers, Cohen said, adding, "I told him how proud I was".

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, a Democrat, warned the visit would be a "distraction" and pull focus from the funerals. Sanders said Trump would go "to express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Pittsburgh community".

The massacre - which took place 10 days before the midterm elections - heightened tensions around the country, coming just a day after the arrest of the Florida man accused of sending a wave of pipe bombs to Trump critics.