Trump slams protests as 'staged' and 'fake news' after Pittsburgh visit

A memorial for victims of the mass shooting that killed 11 people and wounded six at the Tree Of Life Synagogue

A memorial for victims of the mass shooting that killed 11 people and wounded six at the Tree Of Life Synagogue

Trump shook hands with the synagogue's rabbi, Jeffrey Myers, and the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer. "When something tragic has happened, you don't kick people when they are down". More than 1,300 people signed up for a demonstration taking place at the same time - declaring Trump "unwelcome in our city and in our country".

This story has been corrected to show that one of the funerals was held in a Jewish community center, not a synagogue. Their stones came from the White House, and the first couple also placed white roses at each of the stars for the dead.

The attack, following a wave of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and other Trump critics, has heightened national tensions days ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday that will decide whether U.S. President Donald Trump loses the Republican majority he now enjoys in the Senate and House.

Younger had a small realty office in Squirrel Hill, the heart of Pittsburgh's Jewish community, and coached baseball for more than 20 years.

Those who live in the tight-knit community were uncertain about whether they wanted the presidential visit.

"My mom would be very angry that her funeral wasn't able to be at Tree of Life, and that her friends lost Saturday couldn't be here", Howard added.

But Trump came anyway, on the same day as the first funerals for the victims.

Trump, who according to press secretary Sarah Sanders, described his visit as "very humbling and sad", left in his motorcade after about 30 minutes at the synagogue.

Younger was one of the first people Rabbi Jeffrey Myers met when he came to town previous year from New Jersey to lead Tree of Life.

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Amid the first funerals for victims on Tuesday, Mr Trump visited Tree of Life.

The controversial visit came after mourners crowded into nearby synagogues and joined street processions at the first funerals for some of the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in modern US history. She said he based his decision on input from the victims' families, who told him they did not want the president to be there on the day their loved ones were being buried. He also put the blame for failed peace talks between Israel and Palestine on the latter and withdrew the USA from 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran - a step welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"And if that is not what will be the outcome, then it's probably better to leave us to our own devices to come together".

Support for those directly impacted has swelled in the massacre's wake.

Six people, including four police officers, were wounded before the suspect was shot by police and surrendered.

The additional counts relate to Bowers' assault on police officers, and it also lists a number of special findings that strengthen the case for the death penalty. He also fired on responding officers. It charges Robert Bowers with 44 counts, including hate crimes.

Bowers made his first court appearance Monday. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said yesterday that his office sought to have Bowers arraigned on the state charges but were denied by federal authorities.

The charges allege that he carried out the killings while violating the victims' constitutional right to the free exercise of religious beliefs - which is considered a hate crime under USA law.

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