Trump to Console Pittsburgh Alone
Trump to Console Pittsburgh Alone as Local, Congressional Leaders Skip Visit
The president’s visit comes as funerals are starting for the victims of last weekend’s synagogue shooting.
Local and congressional leaders will not accompany President Donald Trump during his Tuesday visit to Pittsburgh aimed at offering condolences to the families of the victims of the mass shooting at a synagogue over the weekend.
As calls for unity have grown since the tragedy, Trump appears to be relatively isolated as consoler-in-chief, a role he has struggled to fill in times of national crisis. With key Democrats and Republicans either declining to attend or not receiving an invitation, Trump will likely be flanked by first family members Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner.
A spokesman for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s office confirmed that the mayor will be attending funerals as Trump arrives in town on Tuesday afternoon. Peduto, a Democrat, previously urged Trump to consider “the will of the families” and to avoid a visit “while we are burying the dead.”