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Pittsburgh authorities said that Bowers barged into the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, shouting hateful remarks towards Jewish people in a 20-minute attack, according to USA Today.

A group of Pittsburgh Jewish leaders wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump today telling him he bears responsibility for a deadly shooting at a synagogue in the United States city. "The very first thing the media did was blame the president and make him responsible for these ridiculous acts".

"I would ask that White House staff contact the families and ask them if they want the President to be here", he added.

The White House said the goal of Trump's visit was to "express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Pittsburgh community".

"Shouldn't really need security you know, psychopaths are everywhere - the only way to defend against them is to defend yourselves typically", said resident Mark Weiler.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are at a hospital visiting with victims of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead.

At a press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisted the president only wants to unite the country, noting that some of his grandchildren, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are all Jewish.

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Cohen, who is Jewish, went to see Bowers in his hospital room, hours after the suspect allegedly shouted to SWAT officers that he wanted "all Jews to die".

A rabbi asked him to wait at least until the end of shiva. I'm a citizen. He's my president.

The massacre - which took place 10 days before the midterm elections - heightened tensions around the country, coming just a day after the arrest of the Florida man accused of sending a wave of pipe bombs to Trump critics.

A group of Jewish activists in Pittsburgh told the President in an open letter that his words and policies over the past three years "have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement", and that he is not welcome until he "fully (denounces) white nationalism". In a comment on another, he said: "For the record, I did not vote for him".

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis say they will stand with the Jewish community as the nation mourns with Pittsburgh from coast to coast and say it important for all faiths to show their support.

Shulamit Bastacky, 77, a Holocaust survivor and neighbour of victim Melvin Wax, expressed hope that fraught political issues and protests would not overshadow the remembrances. "They were murdered because they were Jews". "To me, it's sacred what happened here".