Media Shut Out: Donald Trump Privately Visits Shooting Victims in Dayton, Ohio

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, left, arrive to board Air Force One at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after meeting with people affected by the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met privately Wednesday with some of the victims of the shooting that occurred in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday.

The president arrived at the Miami Valley Hospital on Wednesday, thanking the medical staff for their hard work tending to the wounded.

The White House did not allow the media to photograph or question the president during the hospital visit.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham shared details of the visit on Twitter.

When reporters asked about the lack of press access, Grisham replied that the president and the first lady’s visit was about meeting with victims and never intended to be a photo op.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his wife Fran, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, and Ohio’s two United States Senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, met the president and the first lady at the Air Force Base where they landed.

Protesters were spotted surrounding the hospital as well as supporters of the president waving a Trump 2020 flag.

Brown, a Democrat, met the president despite initially refusing to do so.

“I don’t have any interest because of what he’s done on this, total unwillingness to address the issue of guns, his racist rhetoric,” Brown said on Sirius XM on Tuesday. “I don’t know what he’s going to say and do there. I mean I welcome him to the state in some sense, but not about this.”

Democrat Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley also met with Trump after saying Tuesday she would talk to the president about more federal gun control and tell him that he was not being helpful on gun issues.

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