Dayton mayor will 'absolutely' tell President Trump 'how unhelpful he's been'

Posted at 12:39 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 12:39:29-04

The mayor of Dayton isn't mincing words about President Trump's upcoming visit to her city in the wake of Sunday's deadly mass shooting.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said that she plans to tell Trump "how unhelpful he's been on this," regarding his comments Monday about ways to tackle gun violence.

When asked if enough is being done at the federal level to address gun violence, the mayor said, "absolutely not."

"What do you see in D.C.? You see a lot of nothing happening on a lot of stuff," Whaley said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. "Common sense gun reform is definitely an example where nothing's happened."

Whaley, a Democrat, said that she will "absolutely" tell Trump that she does not think he has helped the push for reform.

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"He probably will hear it from you all, better than he hears it from me," she said to reporters. "I mean, yesterday, his comments weren't very helpful to the issue around guns," she said.

Ask if she believes Trump is coming to Ohio too soon after the tragedy, Whaley deflected.

"He's the president of the United States. He does his calendar, I do mine," she said.

Later on Tuesday, at a separate news conference, Whaley spoke about the president's visit again.

"I will welcome him in the official capacity as mayor since he is in the office of the president," she said.