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Trump calls mass shootings ‘evil attacks’

Published:Monday | August 5, 2019 | 9:30 AM
President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, speaks to the media about the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, before boarding Air Force One in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, August 4, 2019, to return to Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling the recent mass shootings “evil attacks” that are crimes “against all humanity” and says unity must replace hatred in society.

Trump gave a speech from the White House on Monday following weekend shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 29 people dead and dozens wounded.

He called the shootings “barbaric slaughters.”

Trump says “in one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”

He urges Democrats and Republicans to set aside partisanship and find solutions to violence.

The Democrat-led House has passed a gun control bill that includes fixes to the nation’s firearm background check system, but it has languished in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Trump suggested Monday that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation’s immigration system. But he didn’t say how.

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