Two days after the US was shocked by mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the president made his first extended public statement on the attacks.In a 10-minute White House speech, Mr Trump offered condolences, praised law enforcement and condemned the “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” he said motivated Patrick Crusias, the El Paso gunman.”Sinister ideologies must be defeated,” he said. “Hate has no place in our nation.”Those who had long pressed the president to denounce white supremacy had their pleas answered.But critics who have called for him to address how his anti-immigration rhetoric may have given rise to that white nationalist movement will be disappointed. Those who thought the president had offered a preview of his speech in tweets this morning will be puzzled. On Twitter, he linked support for expanded background checks on gun purchasers (something Democrats want and have passed in the House of Representatives) to his immigration reform (something Republicans want). Instead, Mr Trump’s speech made vague references to “great legislation” and called for an end to “destructive partisanship” after outlining a series of five proposals of various levels of detail and practicality. Here they are, and what they might mean.1) Creating tools to… Read full this story
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