Police in riot gear kept watch.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said it was "ridiculous" to blame Trump for the El Paso shooting "You have to blame the people here who pulled the trigger". At least nine people and the suspect were killed in Sunday's attack, one of two mass shootings last weekend.
Protesters held anti-Trump signs that read: "We can end gun violence" and "No gun no trigger", and "Not welcome here". He then looked to hand him a medal before urging him to visit the White House.The president and first lady had earlier visited the University Medical Center.
Trump then tweeted photos from his so-called "rock star" reception at the OH hospital.
Democratic local leaders including presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar have blamed Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric for fueling the hate crime that led to a gunman travelling from Dallas to El Paso to carry out his shooting. He also managed to sneak in a reference to election night, 2016 and how the media "won't believe" Trump has supporters, and that "they only believe it ... on the day of the vote, they say 'what happened?'"
"I know that it's hard that this terrorist wrote the same words that he was coming to El Paso to kill Hispanics because of the 'invasion of Hispanics, '" Garcia shouted. "The love, respect & enthusiasm were there for all to see".More news: Versace, Coach apologise over China T-shirt blunders
"Because the man who carried out another mass shooting 13 hours later in Dayton, Ohio, seems to have been a left-wing radical whose social media posts echoed Democrats" hate-filled attacks on the president and US immigration officials. Some of them didn't want any visitors'.
In Dayton, Trump told shooting survivors that "you had God watching".
"I've had enough. And I will continue to come until we don't have this racist president", Sharp said.
"They're lying. The hatred predates Trump".
Ms Escobar is not the only one to suggest Mr Trump faces a cool reception in El Paso.
There has been no official indication that the shooter dealt with mental illness, despite the president's remarks.More news: Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests
"I think my rhetoric brings people together", he told reporters before departing the White House.
Trump declared the speech "Sooo Boring!" and warned that "The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks" if Biden wins.
His second stop is scheduled to be El Paso, Texas.
Not everyone agreed that Trump should stay away.
The visit comes amid calls for new gun safety measures, including from Ohio's Republican governor, Mike DeWine, who introduced a major plan for new background checks and increased penalties for gun law violations in the state.
Hardline defenders of gun ownership have long resisted the portrayal of such tragedies as anything more than random, localized events.More news: Jeffrey Epstein's manner of death 'pending further information,' coroner says
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