Dayton mayor: Shooting victims were grateful to see Trump


HE ALWAYS SHAKES HIS HEAD AND SAYS CALM DOWN. WE NEEDED THAT TODAY. WE’RE FOCUSING AS WELL ON THE PRESIDENT. HE’S ARRIVED IN EL PASO. HE WAS EARLIER IN DAYTON, OHIO. DEMOCRATIC MAYOR OF DAYTON, NAN WHALELY WAS WITH HIM. SHE JOINS ME RIGHT NOW. MAYOR, THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME.>>THANK YOU, NEIL.>>Neil: HOW DID IT GO WITH THE PRESIDENT?>>I’M SORRY? CAN YOU SAY AGAIN?>>Neil: I KNOW IT’S LOUD THERE. HOW DID IT GO WITH THE PRESIDENT TODAY?>>LOOK, I THINK THE VICTIMS WERE SUPER GREATFUL TO SEE HIM. THE FIRST RESPONDERS GAVE HIM SOMETHING FROM THE DAYTON POLICE, SO THEY WERE HONORED TO MEET THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.>>Neil: SO YOU HAVE BEEN PUSHING VERY HARD FOR SOME SORT OF ACTION ON GUNS. THE PRESIDENT SEEMED TO INTIMATE THERE MIGHT BE A WAY TO DO THAT. DID HE SPECIFY WHAT IDEAS HE HAD IN MIND?>>NOT AT ALL. WE TALKED A BIT ABOUT — SENATOR BROWN AND I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT A ASSAULT WEAPON BAN AND HOW IMPORTANT THAT WOULD BE. THAT WOULD BE THE GREATEST GIFT. THERE IS NO THIS IS WHAT I’M GOING TO DO ACTION. WE INTIMATED THAT HE HAS A LOT OF POWER. IF HE WANTS TO GET IT DONE, HE CAN GET IT DONE. I HOPE HE’S NOT ONE OF THESE ALL TALK NO ACTION POLITICIANS.>>Neil: HE’S TALKED WITH THE HIGH TECH GUYS AT THE WHITE HOUSE FRIDAY TO TALK ABOUT VIOLENCE GAMES, THAT SORT OF THING. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT AND WHETHER THAT COULD BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR?>>YOU KNOW, THE COUNTRY, NEIL, THAT HAS THE MOST VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES IS IN JAPAN. JAPAN HAS NO GUN VIOLENCE. SO I DON’T THINK THAT CORRELATION REALLY WORKS. WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR IS REAL COMMON SENSE GUN CHANGES. THANKS LIKE IN THE STATE OF OHIO WHERE 90% OF OHHIANS AGREE ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BANS, RED FLAG LAWS, STRAW PURCHASES. EVEN GOVERNOR DEWINE HAS INTRODUCED THESE KIND OF THINGS LIKE STRAW PURCHASES AND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS IN OHIO. SO WE’RE LOOKING FOR THAT SAME KIND OF LEADERSHIP FROM THE PRESIDENT.>>Neil: WE HAD THE GOVERNOR ON EARLIER. HE SAID HE THINKS THERE WOULD BE UP IN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THAT. BUT THE PRESIDENT WHEN IT CAME TO ASSAULT WEAPONS DIDN’T THINK THERE WOULD BE THE ENVIRONMENT OR THE VOTES. MAYBE HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. SO SHORT OF THAT, ARE WE LOOKING AT TIGHTER BACKGROUND CHECKS OR ARE WE LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, MORE OF THESE RED FLAG BEEFING UP THE LAWS AROUND THEM TO ALERT PEOPLE TO THOSE THAT ARE DEEMED DANGEROUS AND TO KEEP AN EYE ON THEM? IS THAT WHERE IT WILL END UP BEING?>>LOOK, I THINK THE PEOPLE OF DAYTON WOULD BE JUST PLEASED IF IN THIS GREAT TRAGEDY SOMETHING MOVED. THE RED FLAG LAW THAT LINDSEY GRAHAM AND BLUMENTHAL ARE MOVING ON IN THE SENATE WOULD BE GOOD. THERE COULD BE A PILOT IN TEXAS AND OHIO WHERE CITIES COULD GO TO FEDERAL COURT ON RED FLAG LAWS. I MENTIONED THIS TO THE PRESIDENT’S CHIEF OF THE STAFF WHILE WE VISITED VICTIMS TODAY, THAT’S THE ACTION THAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR. NOT SOME STUFF ON VIDEO GAMES THAT HAS KNOW PROOF WITH AN ALLIANCE TO GUN VIOLENCE.>>Neil: DID THE PRESIDENT SIGNAL TO YOU THAT HE THINKS ON THE ISSUES YOU TALKED ABOUT THERE COULD BE PROGRESS? THAT THERE’S ENOUGH OF A GOOD WILL — YOU MENTIONED WHAT THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IS DOING, THAT THERE MIGHT THIS TIME BE PROGRESS ON THAT FRONT?>>HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO LOOK AT IT. HE DIDN’T GIVE ME ANY SENSE OF MAYOR, WE’RE GOING TO MOVE. BUT I INTIMATED TO THE PRESIDENT THAT LIKE I KNOW HE’S A MAN OF ACTION. SO I’M HOPING THAT HE WILL SHOW US THIS ON THE GUN CONTROL ISSUE.>>Neil: I KNOW YOU WERE MEETING WITH HIM WITH YOUR SENATOR, SHARROD BROWN. THERE’S BEEN SOME FRICTION BETWEEN SOME PROMINENT DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT ON THIS ISSUE. THE PROTESTS OBVIOUSLY WERE VERY REAL IN DAYTON. VERY REAL IN EL PASO. MANY ARGUE THAT HE SHOULDN’T EVEN BE THERE, HE SHOULDN’T HAVE GONE TO DAYTON AND SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN IN EL PASO. ARE YOU GLAD HE CAME?>>I THINK FOR THE VICTIMS AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. THEY WERE HAPPY TO SEE HIM. THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT. BUT NEIL, IT’S HARD ON THE COMMUNITY. THE MINUTE HE ANNOUNCED HE WAS COMING WE SAW THIS HYPER PARTISAN SHIP THAT WE DIDN’T SEE BEFORE. WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF PAIN THAT TENSION WAS REAL. WE SAW IT ON THE STREETS OF THE OREGON DISTRICT EARLIER TODAY. WE DIDN’T SEE ANY OF THAT UNTIL THE PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT. IT’S SO EXTREME AND SO INTENSE. IN OHIO, WITH BOTH CONGRESSMAN TURNER AND GOVERNOR DEWINE, WE’RE STARTING TO SEE REAL PEOPLE — BOTH SIDES COME TOGETHER TO FIND WIN-WIN SOLUTIONS AROUND THE GUN VIOLENCE COMMUNITY. I WISH NATIONALLY THEY COULD DO IT.>>Neil: YOU THINK THE EXTREMISM WORKS BOTH WAYS, IF PEOPLE STEP BACK AND CALM COUNT STUFF COULD GET DONE?>>I THINK EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BREATHE. IT’S ON BOTH SIDES. BUT I KNOW THE PRESIDENT EXASPERATES IT. WE WERE FINE UNTIL HE ANNOUNCED HE WAS COMING. I SAW IT ON BOTH SIDES. WE WANT TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER.>>Neil: PERSONALLY, HE WAS GOOD WITH YOU. THERE WAS NO FRICTION WITH YOU OR YOU WITH HIM?>>WE HAD A PLEASANT CONVERSATION. BUT IT WAS SENATOR BROWN AND I DID PUSH HIM TO DO SOMETHING, PARTICULAR AROUND THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN.




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