Trump to Travel to Synagogue Shooting Site on Tuesday

A person pauses in front of Stars of David with the names of those killed in a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. "I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt anymore than they already had disruption".

Some people in Pittsburgh have welcomed the presidential visit, while others have used it as an opportunity to criticize his partisan rhetoric, which they claim is leading to violence.

Critics have said Trump's tough talk on immigrants and language about Jewish rivals such as Democratic donor George Soros has led to an increase in politically motivated violence.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders continued in the same vein at a press briefing, saying: "The very first action that the president did was condemn these heinous acts".

The shooting, which has sparked an outpouring of grief and shock from American Jews, came just days after a pipe bomb was sent to prominent Jewish philanthropist George Soros, who has been the target of what many see as anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Just minutes before the synagogue attack, the shooter apparently took to social media to rage against HIAS, a Jewish organization that resettles refugees under contract with the USA government.

Numerous reports have said suspected gunman Robert Bowers burst into the Tree of Life synagogue, shouting "All Jews must die" before opening fire on the congregation.

"Be strong Pittsburgh, together we must be determined to ensure that love triumphs over hate, good over evil, unity over division.for after all, that is the America we know", said Loree Resnik of the American Jewish Committee.

"Why did things fall into place for me?" he asked.

The signers said that until Trump fully denounced white nationalism he would not be welcome in Pittsburgh.

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis say they will stand with the Jewish community as the nation mourns with Pittsburgh from coast to coast and say it important for all faiths to show their support.

The trip comes just a week before the hotly contested November 6 congressional elections that will determine whether Trump's Republican Party will retain a majority in Congress. I'm a citizen. He's my president.

Shulamit Bastacky, 77, a Holocaust survivor and neighbor of victim Melvin Wax, expressed hope that fraught political issues and protests would not overshadow the remembrances.

  • Rogelio Becker