DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Air Force One took off shortly after 1:40 p.m. after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Miami Valley Hospital for a little over an hour on Wednesday. He visited first responders and victims of Sunday’s shooting in the Oregon District.
Trump arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base around 11 a.m. and was greeted by local officials including Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his wife Fran DeWine, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Congressman Mike Turner and his daughter Jessica Turner.
The president didn’t speak to the press and didn’t visit the Oregon District, where a large number of people gathered.
Protesters and supporters of President Trump gathered along Main Street and in the Oregon District during his visit. Crowds gathered near Ned Peppers, where people placed memorials to victims of the shooting. Most arguments were over gun control and combatting mass shootings.
2 NEWS Anchor Adam Rife reported several verbal confrontations between pro-Trump and anti-Trump people in the crowded Oregon District but said no fights broke out between people. Police Chief Richard Biehl was walking the sidewalks in the area and said most people were cooperative and officers were around to step between any groups if anything got overheated.
Before President Trump landed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Sherrod Brown tweeted the following message on his Twitter account.
Before traveling to Dayton this morning, President Trump took questions from the White House Press Corps.
The President said they would travel to Dayton first, then visit El Paso. He said he would meet with first responders and victims. He also took several questions
About critics of his rhetoric:
“My critics are political people that are trying to make points … some of them, in particular, are very low in the polls. These are people who are looking for political gain and as much as possible I try to stay out of that. I don’t think it works, I would like to stay out of the political fray.”
On gun law reform and other possible legislation:
“I have had many talks over the last few days and I think we are going to come up with something that’s going to be really, really good.”
“If we get close I will bring them back (from recess), but it has to be (for something workable).
On background checks and assault rifle ban:
“I think background checks are important … I can tell you there is no political appetite for (assault rifles) at this moment … but I will certainly bring this up … there is a great appetite for background checks.”