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Should President Trump respect tragedy victims and stay away when asked?

When tragedies befall the nation, people typically turn to the president to fill the role of consoler-in-chief. In our current political climate, however, many people would prefer President Trump stay away. After the anti-Semitic mass shooting in Pittsburgh, many residents begged the president not to visit the city, especially because the shooter had cited a conspiracy perpetuated by the president as a rationale for the violence. The White House claimed it was the president's responsibility to console the people. What do you think? 

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In the wake of the tragedy, Pittsburgh Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto asked the president to refrain from visiting the city. Per The Guardian

Peduto had asked Trump to delay his visit until those killed had been buried, saying his presence would strain security resources.
“We did try to get the message out to the White House that our priority tomorrow is the first funeral,” Peduto said on Monday night on CNN.
“I do believe that it would be best to put the attention on the families this week, and if he were to visit, choose a different time to be able to do it,” he said.
The mayor, Pittsburgh’s county executive, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, House speaker, Paul Ryan, Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, and House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, all declined a White House invitation to join Trump in Pittsburgh, CNN reported.
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Not all Pittsburgh residents agreed with the mayor's statements. 

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Other Pittsburgh residents believed the president was blatantly disregarding the wishes of residents affected by the shooting. Per The New York Times

Sherri Suppa, 54, who teaches special education students, held a picture of Mr. Rogers, who made Squirrel Hill his home, and the message “Love Your Neighbor.” Feeling helpless after the attack, she saw the march as a way to show support. She was also adamant that the president did not belong in Pittsburgh on this day. “His coming here is not an empathetic move, it’s a power move,” Ms. Suppa said. “It’s the last thing the community needs.”
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Another consideration is that whenever the president travels, he costs national and local taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Per Bustle

In trips to other states, Trump's traveling expenses shot through the ceiling. For instance, Judicial Watch noted, "Trump flew to Yuma, AZ, to meet with Marines and then attended a campaign rally in Phoenix on August 22. He flew 10.6 hours at $142,380 per hour for a total of $1,509,228." In his trip to meet Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, Trump's travel costs came up to $968,184, according to the Judicial Watch.
This isn't the first time that Trump's traveling expenses are raising eyebrows. In 2017, The Washington Post did the math on Trump's frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. According to the report, only one of the trips he makes to Mar-a-Lago cost almost $1 million.

For some cities struggling to rebuild after tragedies, this is an unfair burden to place on their already thinly stretched resources. 

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According to the White House, President Trump takes these opportunities very seriously and believes it is his duty to be with his people. 

"Certainly, the president wants – in moments where our country is hurting, like we've seen in the last several days – to find ways to bring our country together, and we've seen him do exactly that," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Trump, she said, has found "those moments to bring our country together, and certainly focus on some of the things that all of us can support, and all of us can condemn, as well."
Frank Luntz, a longtime Republican consultant, said he didn't see the president's visit to Pittsburgh having any measurable impact on the midterms. Despite some fluctuations, Trump's approval rating has hovered in the low- to mid-40s for most of the year.
"You need it for the soul of the country," Luntz said of Trump's visit to Pittsburgh. "You don’t need it for the votes of the country." 
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