President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled on Thursday to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, where they met with survivors, families, medical workers, and first responders affected by this weekend’s horrific acts of mass violence.

In the afternoon, President Trump and the Firs Lady visited with first responders, hospital staff, and victims and their families at University Medical Center of El Paso.

“Leaving El Paso for the White House. What GREAT people I met there and in Dayton, Ohio. The Fake News worked overtime trying to disparage me and the two trips, but it just didn’t work. The love, respect & enthusiasm were there for all to see. They have been through so much. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

In Dayton this morning, the two met with patients and staff members at Miami Valley Hospital. “They’ve been stopping between rooms to thank the hardworking medical staff,” Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote. “Very powerful moments.”

“You had God watching. I want you to know we’re with you all the way,” the President said.

Photos of President Trump and First Lady with patients at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Here are President the photos of President Trump with the medical staff at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Assistant to President, Dan Scavino, said that Trump spent almost two hours with survivors and first responders in Dayton. He commented, “The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video. They all loved seeing their great President!”

President Trump also shared a video when departing Ohio.

The president said before departing the White House that the visits are an opportunity to meet with those affected by the shootings and “to congratulate some of the police and law enforcement, the job they’ve done is incredible, really incredible.”

He also pledged to push Congress on finding bipartisan solutions to address mass violence. “We’re going to be meeting with members of Congress. I’ve already got meetings scheduled. And I have had plenty of talks over the last two days,” he said. Specific measures the President has mentioned include stronger background checks, early warning detection, and “red flag” protection orders.

“I’ll be convincing some people to do things that they don’t want to do, and that means people in Congress,” President Trump said.

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