El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said President Donald Trump will visit El Paso on Wednesday, Aug. 7, just days following a weekend mass shooting that killed 22 people at a Walmart.
The White House hasn’t announced the trip but the Federal Aviation Administration has advised pilots of a presidential visit that day to El Paso and Dayton, where a second weekend shooting left nine people dead.
El Paso Mayor Donald “Dee Dee” Margo said he’s “already getting emails and phone calls” about welcoming President Trump to town. Democratic lawmakers and some residents have said the president isn’t welcome in the largely Latino border city based on his past anti-immigrant rhetoric.
“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 is my formal duty,” Margo said at a press conference late Monday.
The mayor said he planned to ask President Trump to provide any and all federal resources that are available.”Recovery is no small task,” Margo said.”Together we will rise out of this tragedy,” Margo said.
Earlier, he said, “I don’t know how we deal with evil, I don’t have a textbook for dealing with evil other than the Bible.”
“I don’t know how we deal with evil, I don’t have a textbook for dealing with evil other than the Bible.
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— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 5, 2019
President Trump on Monday morning delivered his statement on mass shootings over the weekend.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” he said. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”
“We will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain,” President Trump said. He laid out those steps today:
- First, Americans must come together in condemning racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated,” the president said.
- Second, law enforcement must have all the tools it needs to investigate and disrupt any hate crimes or acts of domestic terrorism. President Trump has asked the FBI to identify any additional resources needed to confront these threats. Part of that effort includes fighting radicalization online.
- Third, America must do a better job of identifying—and acting upon—early warning signs of violence. Today, President Trump directed the Department of Justice to partner with government agencies and the private sector, including social media companies, to develop tools to detect mass shooters before they act.
- Fourth, we must stop the glorification of violence across society. It’s far too easy for troubled individuals to surround themselves with gruesome, grisly images on a daily basis. “Cultural change is hard, but each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life,” the president said.
- Fifth, our country must reform its mental health laws to better identify, treat, and—if necessary—confine individuals who may commit acts of violence.
- Last but not least, we must ensure that those posing a great risk to public safety do not have access to firearms—and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken away through rapid due process. The President has called for “red flag laws,” also known as extreme risk protection orders, to keep weapons away from dangerous people.
“Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside . . . and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love,” the President said. “Our future is in our control.”