August 5, 2019 / 10:38 PM / 4 months ago

Trump to visit to El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday - mayor

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Morristown municipal airport en route to Washington after a weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to pay a visit to El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, four days after a mass shooting that is being investigated by authorities as a hate crime left 22 people dead, Mayor Dee Margo said on Monday.

Trump read a statement at the White House on Monday saying that Americans “must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” and he blamed the internet and violent video games for fostering violence.

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso native who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, told the El Paso Times that Trump should stay away from the city, saying the president “helped create what we saw in El Paso.”

Reporting by Dan Trotta in El Paso, Texas; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Leslie Adler

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