Protesters greet Trump in Dayton, El Paso

August 07, 2019 08:04 PM

(NBC News) President Trump traveled to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas Wednesday to visit survivors, victims' families, and first responders following this weekend's deadly mass shootings.

As the communities grieve, some say his trip is adding to their pain.

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At his first stop in Dayton, the president stayed behind closed doors, meeting privately with those most affected by the attack.

Protesters gathered outside.

"I want to send Trump a message that we need sensible gun legislation," said Rebecca Mark.

Local lawmakers say they challenged him on the issue of gun control.

"Both the senator and I spoke very directly, what we've been saying the whole time about the need for common sense gun legislation," said Mayor Nan Whaley.

Others gathered to show their support, stating Mr. Trump bears no blame for the Dayton shooting.

In El Paso, the president's second stop, frustrated city officials say he has everything to do with the massacre there.

"They were killed because the rhetoric of the president, and our community knows that," said El Paso City Representative Alexsandra Annello.

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