The mayor of Pittsburgh said now is not the time for President Trump to visit the city in wake of a gunman who killed 11 people at a synagogue on Saturday.
Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that Trump’s visit to the city on Tuesday may not be appreciated because the focus should be on the families affected by the massacre at Tree of Life synagogue.
“I do believe that it would be best to put the attention on the families this week, and if he were to visit, choose a different time to be able to do it,” Peduto said. “Our focus as a city will be on the families and the outreach they’ll need this week and the support they’ll need to get through it.”
Peduto said it would be more appropriate for Trump to visit after the funerals have taken place.
Trump is scheduled to visit Tuesday afternoon with first lady Melania Trump.
The president told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday that he planned to visit a hospital to see the police officers who responded to the attack and other victims who were injured.
“I really look forward to going. I would have done it even sooner, but I didn’t want to disrupt anymore than they already had disruption,” Trump said.