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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on October 30, 2018.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday, four days after an anti-Semitic gunman opened fire on a packed synagogue and killed 11 people. Even more, we invite the citizens of Kingston to [continue to] have open hearts to people whose religions and cultures are unfamiliar.

Congressional leaders from both parties - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - declined invitations to join Trump on his visit, according to officials familiar with matter.

One stone and one white rosebud for each victim.

Everybody feels that [Trump's remarks] were inappropriate.

During the White House Press Briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that while the White House came out and condemned the mail bombings and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, "The very first thing the media did was blame the president and make him responsible for these ridiculous acts".

Trevor Noah's Daily Show audience in Miami cheered loudly Tuesday when he asked if they were excited about the midterms.

A total of 11 people were killed Saturday, in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.

"We had circulated information about National Refugee Shabbat to local synagogues and offered assistance in organizing a program to deepen the community's understanding of today's global refugee crisis", JFCS President Jordan Golin said.

"I can't know what the president is thinking and I cannot know his motivations, but I can know his words", said Gabriel McMorland, 36, who used to live in Squirrel Hill.

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Protesters demonstrate near Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue.

Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers elicited shouts of "vote" from the audience as he called on political leaders, starting with 'those in the room, ' to help put an end to hate speech.

Bowers was also charged Saturday in a 29-count federal criminal complaint that included charges of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs - a federal hate crime - and using a firearm to commit murder. "It is not blue or red, it's not male or female, it doesn't know any of those divisions".

Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, urged Trump not to visit Pittsburgh "while we are burying the dead", so the attention would remain on the victims and their funerals. Her second motivation, she emphasised, was speaking out against Trump. "They were innocent like boys, not hardened like men", she said. The president and first lady later went to a hospital to visit with survivors.

Tree of Life has been closed since Saturday's rampage, which was allegedly carried out by Robert Bowers, who had ranted online that Jews were bringing "invaders in that kill our people".

The gunman targeted a building that housed three separate congregations, all of which were conducting Sabbath services when the attack began just before 10 a.m.in the tree-lined residential neighbourhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and the hub of Pittsburgh's Jewish community. Trump has repeatedly referred to migrants as unsafe invaders, and did so again in a tweet on Monday.

Little was known about Bowers, who had no apparent criminal record but who is believed to have expressed virulently anti-Semitic views on social media. "And when I say "in his mind, ' what I mean is on Fox News". Screw your optics, I'm going in".

"I would have done it sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt any more than they had disruption", he said.

Carrying signs that read "President Hate, Leave Our State!" and "Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now", the protesters gathered near the Tree of Life synagogue where the carnage unfolded Saturday.

Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor who led the Anti-Defamation League for almost 30 years, made the same argument to reach the opposite conclusion from the letter signers.


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