WASHINGTON – Hours after visiting with victims and first responders from the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, the White House said President Donald Trump was treated like a "rock star" and criticized several Ohio lawmakers for "mischaracterizing" the visit.
Dan Scavino, White House director of social media and assistant to the president, in several posts on Twitter criticized what he says were mischaracterizations" of Trump's visit to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Reporters were held in a holding room during Trump's visit.
"Very SAD to see Ohio Senator Brown, & Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley - LYING & completely mischaracterizing what took place w/ the President’s visit to Miami Valley Hospital today," Scavino wrote in a tweet. "They are disgraceful politicians, doing nothing but politicizing a mass shooting, at every turn they can."
"The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video," he continued. "They all loved seeing their great President!"
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Trump in his own tweet also criticized Brown and Whaley, saying that they are "misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital."
"Just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the Victims & families, Law Enforcement, Medical Staff & First Responders. It was a warm & wonderful visit. Tremendous enthusiasm & even Love," Trump wrote on Twitter.
"Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud," Trump continued on the two lawmakers. "It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!"
The Cincinnati Enquirer, a member of the USA TODAY Network, was with Whaley when she found out about the tweets from an aide as she sat in a booth in a local restaurant talking to reporters, with a cup of coffee and soda in front of her to give her an energy boost.
“Where is it, I don’t see it,” Whaley said looking at her phone. “I’m confused. We said he was treated very well. I don’t know what he’s talking about misrepresenting.”
"Oh well. He lives in his world of Twitter," she added.
In a follow-up Tweet, Scavino tweeted photos from the president's visit, adding: "Some extremely powerful moments throughout the entire visit, with so much enthusiasm and love, contrary to what the Trump Hating Dems would ever share or say."
However, the White House's characterization seems to be at odds with what Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Whaley said of Trump's visit. Both politicians accompanied Trump on his visit.
We love you Dayton, Ohio! pic.twitter.com/IaCZAdyuzL— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
“I think it was a good decision for him not to stop in the Oregon District,” Mayor @nanwhaley says about Pres. Trump not visiting the site of the mass shooting.— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 7, 2019
“A lot of the time his talk can be very divisive, and that’s the last thing we need in Dayton.” https://t.co/Jyfd6eKzJU pic.twitter.com/Om1UbuU9Tj