EL PASO, Tx. (DC BUREAU) – President Trump and the First Lady touched down in El Paso on Wednesday to a not so warm welcome.
Protesters ready to greet the president say they have one message: Go home!
“He put a target on our backs.”
El Paso Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar says the president owes El Paso an apology.
“As far as I’m concerned, he should not be here until he does that.”
The president and first lady visited the hospital where they met with victims, doctors and first responders.
Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz joined the president.
The two Texas Republicans say Congress needs to tackle gun safety when they return to Washington next month, but they didn’t specify what type of legislation they might support.
“There is no doubt that congress needs to do more. There is no one size fits all response. But we are going to try to come up with some consensus.”
Sen. Cornyn says “gun control” is not the solution. Instead, he says Congress should focus on ‘Red Flag Laws’.
“This is something I think we need to discuss and say is there a way to identify some of these shooters early before they commit their act of violence.”
The president said Wednesday that he is open to talking about some aspects of gun control legislation, but right now he says the focus is the people in El Paso who are still recovering.
(This story was originally published on August 7, 2019)