Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley didn’t express much appreciation for President Trump’s planned visit to her town after nine people were killed in a mass shooting over the weekend.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Whaley said that enough is not being done at the federal level to address gun violence. She added, “What do you see in D.C. — you see nothing happening on a lot of stuff, and common-sense gun reform is definitely an example where nothing’s happened.”
Another reporter asked Whaley, who is a Democrat, if she will “express these views to the president,” and if she will tell Trump “how unhelpful he’s been.” The mayor responded, “absolutely,” adding “look, if I’m telling you, I’m going to tell him.”
Asked what she will say to Trump, Whaley said, “How unhelpful he’s been on this. Yesterday, his comments weren’t very helpful to the issue around guns.”
She also told reporters on Tuesday “I’m disappointed with his remarks. He mentioned gun issues one time. I think watching the president over the last few years on the issue of guns — I’m not sure he knows what he believes.”
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Dayton mayor Nan Whaley says she plans to tell President Trump "how unhelpful he's been" in addressing gun violence when he visits the area.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 6, 2019
This isn’t the first time that Whaley has taken a shot at Trump. She was also asked about Trump’s visit on Monday after he delivered a speech to the nation from the White House.
She said that she didn’t know when Trump would be visiting Dayton, adding “I’ve heard that he’s coming on Wednesday, but I’ve not gotten a call.” The Ohio mayor quipped, “he might be going to Toledo, I don’t know” — President Trump incorrectly said in his speech that the shooting happened in Toledo rather than Dayton.
"I've heard that he's coming Wednesday, but I've not gotten a call," Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley said of reports that President Trump may be visiting communities affected by this weekend's mass shootings.
— POLITICO (@politico) August 5, 2019
President Trump didn’t offer any hard solutions after the shootings last weekend. However, he did note on Twitter on Tuesday morning that “President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign.”