Reno mayor urges Trump to denounce racism, hate groups when he visits Wednesday

Donald Trump, 45th and current President of the United States, Photo Date: February 24, 2017. (MGN Online)

The mayor of Reno is urging President Donald Trump to emphasize unity and speak out against hate-driven racism and violence when he addresses a gathering of veterans in Nevada next week.

The White House announced Friday that Trump will give a speech Wednesday at the American Legion's national convention in Reno.

Mayor Hillary Schieve said a statement hours later that her city is proud of its inclusiveness, kindness and compassion.

Referencing the bloodshed at a rally in Virginia, she said, "it is time to unite our country."

Schieve urged the president to "take the opportunity to do so" in Reno, and deliver a "strong message rejecting racism, hate and violence."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president will visit Reno for the annual gathering of the veterans group. Trump is expected to speak at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center that afternoon to a crowd of 9,000 convention-goers.

It marks Trump's first visit to Nevada as president and will come the day after a planned rally in Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has urged Trump to delay that visit. In a statement, Stanton said he's disappointed that Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally "as the nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville."

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