>> My office charged Robert Bowers with federal murder and assault charges, relative to the horrific acts of violence he committed at the Tree of Life Synagogue.>> The man accused of shooting and killing 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue while allegedly shouting all Jews must die, made his first appearance in federal court Monday.
After what is believed to be the deadliest attack on American Jews in US History.>> Our investigation of these hate crimes continues, and rest assured we have a team of prosecutors working hard to ensure that justice is done.>> Bowers appeared to target the Tree of Life synagogue in part because of a program it sponsored in support of refugees and immigrants.
Bowers had a history posting antisemitic material online, and reportedly posted often about his contempt for the migrant caravan.>> We can't let people break in and assault our country.>> In Washington the White House tried to fend off criticism that the president's rhetoric has encouraged violence.>> Any guy that could do a body slam in
>> And a series of Monday morning tweets taking aim at the media calling it again, the true enemy of the people, was only making matters worse.>> Why is he out there making these attacks?>> Jonathan, the very first thing that the president did was condemn the attacks both in Pittsburgh and in the pipe bombs.
The very first thing the media did was blame the president and make him responsible for these rediculous acts. The only person responsible for carrying it out either of these heinous acts, were the individuals who carried them out. It's not the President.>> Why is the President suggesting it's the news media?
The President's the one placing blame here.>> No, the President's not placing blame. The President is not responsible for these acts.>> No tolerance.>> The President called Saturday's shooting an act of pure evil and called on Americans to rise above hatred. That wasn't enough for the leaders of a Pittsburgh based Jewish group, who on Monday told Trump in an open letter that he was, quote, not welcome in Pittsburgh, until you fully denounce white nationalism.
As of Monday evening more than 46,000 people had signed the letter. Members of the nearby Jewish community center in Pittsburgh said they supported its message.>> You know what, they wrote exactly what I feel. We don't need him for his thoughts and good wishes.>> I agree with the letter, and even if he denounced it, I wouldn't believe him because he's a liar.
>> The President and the First Lady plan to travel to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.