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USA: Trump defends rhetoric in wake of El Paso and Dayton shootings

United States, Washington DC
August 07, 2019 at 16:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

The provocative rhetoric of US President Donald Trump has had little to do with instigating the two recent mass shooting in Ohio and Texas, claimed the US President himself, as he talked to the reporters on the White House lawn in Washington DC on Wednesday.

"I think my rhetoric… brings people together," claimed Trump after critics suggested his incendiary remarks had sparked the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.

"My critics are political people, they're trying to make points. In many cases they're running for president and they're very low in the polls," said Trump who claimed that the Dayton shooter was a political supporter of Democrat candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

While Trump was unwilling to introduce a ban on assault rifles following the shootings, he spoke of bipartisan support for background checks.

"I think both Republican and Democrat are getting close to a bill on, doing something on background checks," said Trump before his departure on Marine One to visit the two mass shooting sites.

The US is currently reeling from two mass shootings over the last weekend, with 22 people being shot dead in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, August 3, and a further ten people, including the perpetrator, being killed just 14 hours later in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, August 4.

The incident in El Paso is being investigated as a possible incident of 'domestic terrorism' as the suspect is believed to have specifically targeted Mexicans and people of Hispanic origin.

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The provocative rhetoric of US President Donald Trump has had little to do with instigating the two recent mass shooting in Ohio and Texas, claimed the US President himself, as he talked to the reporters on the White House lawn in Washington DC on Wednesday.

"I think my rhetoric… brings people together," claimed Trump after critics suggested his incendiary remarks had sparked the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.

"My critics are political people, they're trying to make points. In many cases they're running for president and they're very low in the polls," said Trump who claimed that the Dayton shooter was a political supporter of Democrat candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

While Trump was unwilling to introduce a ban on assault rifles following the shootings, he spoke of bipartisan support for background checks.

"I think both Republican and Democrat are getting close to a bill on, doing something on background checks," said Trump before his departure on Marine One to visit the two mass shooting sites.

The US is currently reeling from two mass shootings over the last weekend, with 22 people being shot dead in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, August 3, and a further ten people, including the perpetrator, being killed just 14 hours later in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, August 4.

The incident in El Paso is being investigated as a possible incident of 'domestic terrorism' as the suspect is believed to have specifically targeted Mexicans and people of Hispanic origin.

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