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Trump concludes visits to cities reeling from mass shootings

Protesters greeted the US president in both Ohio and Texas.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump speak to first responders as they visit the El Paso regional communications centre (Evan Vucci/AP/PA)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump speak to first responders as they visit the El Paso regional communications centre (Evan Vucci/AP/PA)

US President Donald Trump has wrapped up his visits to cities reeling from mass shootings that left 31 dead and dozens more wounded.

He was greeted by protesters in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The president and first lady Melania Trump flew to El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon after visiting the hospital in Dayton where many of the victims of Sunday’s attack in that city were treated.

For most of the day, the president was kept out of view of the reporters travelling with him.

At least 200 protesters gathered outside Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital, blaming Mr Trump’s incendiary rhetoric for inflaming political and racial tensions in the country and demanding action on gun control.

In El Paso, his motorcade passed protesters holding “Racist Go Home” signs.

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Demonstrators hold a sign as the motorcade carrying President Donald Trump departs in El Paso (Evan Vucci/AP/PA)

Earlier in the day, Texas governor Greg Abbott said was not aware of any “red flags” in the suspected El Paso gunman’s past.

Mr Abbott also made no mention of taking major gun-control measures in Texas, where three mass shootings since 2017 have killed more than 50 people.

The Republican said racism needs to be confronted and a crackdown initiated on internet sites used by violent extremists after the weekend attack that left 22 people dead in the mostly Latino border city.

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