President Trump on Wednesday, Aug. 7, criticized two Ohio Democrats who joined him at a hospital visit to meet with first responders and victims of the mass shooting, after his visit to Dayton, Ohio, accusing them of “misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital.”
The president called the visit “warm and wonderful,” saying in a tweet “Just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the Victims & families, Law Enforcement, Medical Staff & First Responders. It was a warm & wonderful visit. Tremendous enthusiasm & even Love.”
Then the president slammed the news conference they held right after he left for El Paso, Texas, but he didn’t specify what in the press conference he was referring to.
….misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!o
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
“Then I saw failed Presidential Candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown & Mayor Whaley totally misrepresenting what took place inside the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!” President Trump added.
White House social media director Dan Scavino also wrote similar tweets complaining about the press conference after the visit.
“Very SAD to see Ohio Senator Brown, & Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley – LYING & completely mischaracterizing what took place w/ the President’s visit to Miami Valley Hospital today. They are disgraceful politicians, doing nothing but politicizing a mass shooting, at every turn they can”
..The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video. They all loved seeing their great President!
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) August 7, 2019
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham shared the same view as Dan Scavino when she retweet his tweet, saying “President @realDonaldTrump graciously asked Sen Brown & Mayor Whaley to join as he and the First Lady visited victims, medical staff & first responders. It is genuinely sad to see them immediately hold such a dishonest press conference in the name of partisan politics.”
President @realDonaldTrump graciously asked Sen Brown & Mayor Whaley to join as he and the First Lady visited victims, medical staff & first responders. It is genuinely sad to see them immediately hold such a dishonest press conference in the name of partisan politics. https://t.co/BB0lXhfBnG
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) August 7, 2019
During the joint news conference both Brown and Whaley said that President Trump did the right thing to visit Dayton. They were also critical of what Washington could do for gun control even they urged President Trump to support background checks for gun purchases, “red flag” laws.
“He was received as well as you can expect by the patients,” Brown said of Trump. “They are hurting. He was comforting. He and Melania did the right thing. It’s his job in part to comfort people. I’m glad he did it.”
“I think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the president of the United States came to Dayton,” Whaley added.
In responding to the president’s tweet, Whaley said that she is not sure what the president referred to.
“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,” she said.