Likely in pursuit of better optics than him jamming to "Happy" mere hours after the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history, Trump is heading to the city where 11 people were murdered due to their synagogue's support for refugees.
He was charged on Monday with 29 federal felony counts, including hate crimes, and could face the death penalty if convicted.
"We are dedicating the entire resources of my office to this federal hate crime investigation and prosecution".
Shrugging off public assertions from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto that Trump's visit was ill-timed, the president entered the Tree of Life temple where Saturday's shooting rampage occurred, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump. They came for the funerals of three well-liked figures and some came to shout at the President to tell him he was unwelcome in this city still in grief.
Trump also met with police officers wounded by gunfire in a shootout as they apprehended Bowers and spent an hour talking with Peg Durachko, whose husband, Dr. Richard Gottfried, was among the 11 killed.
A line stretched around the block as mourners - some in white medical coats, some wearing yarmulkes, black hats or head scarves - passed beneath the blue Romanesque arches into the brick building.
Daniel Stein, 71, and Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, were also laid to rest.
"A lot of people are feeling really angry about this".
"It's just enraging that this type of hate crime could occur here and that the leadership of our country does not denounce anti-Semitism and does not denounce white nationalism and does not denounce neo-Nazism".
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"I think it's more divisive than uniting", 57-year-old librarian Nonie Heystek said of Mr. Trump's visit. "It's just such a loss".
The presidential visit, welcomed by some in Pittsburgh, unwanted or vigorously opposed by many others, began with a motorcade into the city and a visit to the Tree of Life synagogue. The funerals followed three on Tuesday for other victims and ahead of the remaining five set for later in the week.
Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh, affiliated with the progressive group Bend the Arc, wrote an open letter telling the president to stay away until he made overtures to certain communities, including those of the Jewish faith. Placing stones at a grave or remembrance site is an ancient Jewish tradition. Dermer also showed his support for the United States president in an interview with MSNBC, saying he was "not aware of a single non-Israeli leader that has made such a strong statement in condemning anti-Semitism".
Trump shook hands with the synagogue's rabbi, Jeffrey Myers, and the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer. Hundreds of protesters assembled to show their displeasure with Trump's presence. Trump has not said whether he will visit the area.
It was a controversial visit for some as politicians and some city residents had wanted the President to stay away until the Tree of Life congregation had had time to bury all the dead. President Trump is a true friend of the state of Israel and to the Jewish people.
As he stood in line at the funeral, Friedman wondered why he had been spared.
"Can I shake your hand, sir?" one of the male hospital staff members asked. I like to tell people their history as coal and iron police from way back. "In the last row, everyone got killed". They heard a sister and brother-in-law talk about how David and Cecil Rosenthal loved their synagogue and loved spending time at the Jewish Community Center.