President Trump will visit the cities of Dayton and El Paso, where 31 people were murdered over the weekend in mass shootings, according to officials.
President Trump will visit El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders in the two cities over the weekend that claimed the lives of 31 people.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House that Trump will travel to the cities to express his condolences and help provide resources following the mass shootings, reported WGNTV.
Conway gave no details of dates, but El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said that the president would be visiting on Aug. 7.
The Republican mayor, who has previously challenged Trump’s claims on the city’s crime rate, was at pains to indicate that he would not be meeting the president in a political capacity.
“He is president of the United States,” Margo told reporters. “So in that capacity, I will fulfill my obligations as mayor of El Paso, and hope that if we are expressing specifics that we can get him to come through for us.”
Margo said the president had told him he would be coming on Aug. 7 in a telephone call. “He was very gracious, offered to help in any way he could. It was a brief call and nothing overly specific.”
“I want to clarify for the political spin, that this is the office of the Mayor of El Paso in an official capacity welcoming the office of the President of the United States, which I consider my formal duty.”