Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who was leading a service at Tree of Life as Saturday's shooting began, feels differently, saying Monday on CNN's "New Day" that "the president of the United States is always welcome".
With Tree of Life still cordoned off as a crime scene, more than 1,000 people poured into Rodef Shalom, one of the city's oldest and largest synagogues, to mourn the Rosenthal brothers, ages 59 and 54. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".
"I would just ask the President please, please if it's not too late put it off a week", Diamond told CNN's Don Lemon.
The city's Democratic mayor, Bill Peduto, urged the president not to come while friends and families were burying their loved ones. Law enforcement will be stretched by the funerals and their processions, continuing security at the site of the Saturday shooting and at other Jewish institutions, he said.
Nicole Watson, who attended the protest, said that despite her politics, she appreciated the magnitude of Trump's visit.
Barry Werber, 76, who said he survived the massacre by hiding in a dark storage closet as the gunman rampaged through the building, said he hoped Trump wouldn't visit, noting that the president has embraced the politically fraught label of "nationalist".
"We're here to take care of sick people", Cohen, who is a member of the Tree of Life congregation where the massacre happened, said in a television interview.
Some Pittsburgh faith leaders have said they don't want Trump to visit until he makes a full-throated condemnation of white nationalism, but Sanders said the president has already done so "on several occasions" and wants to comfort victims. Visiting a memorial outside the temple around 20 minutes later, the first lady placed a flower and the president placed a small stone on a marker for each of the shooting victims. "But I look forward to going to Pittsburgh".More news: Klay Thompson sets National Basketball Association record for 3-pointers in a game
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"It's part of his programme to instigate his base", Mr Werber said, and "bigots are coming out of the woodwork".
The letter was signed by the group's Pittsburgh steering committee and almost 43,000 members of the public, Bend the Arc said.
Earlier in the day, thousands of mourners jammed a synagogue, a Jewish community centre and a third, undisclosed site for the first in a weeklong series of funerals for victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in USA history. "And he needs those supporters and that's why he doesn't", she said.
In the aftermath of the Tree of Life tragedy, it's now our job to follow in the footsteps of Cohen and his staff by taking responsibility to fix the world.
"The president cherishes the American Jewish community for everything it stands for and contributes to our country".
President Trump will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday to show support for victims of the city's deadly synagogue shooting. "They didn't do that with Bernie Sanders when he had - they didn't do that with the Democrats when other people came at - they didn't do that with President Obama with the church, the terrible situation with the church".
"I will not be meeting with the president".
"You can protest later on", she added.