But the attacks on the eve of the mid-term elections have prompted questions about whether he should tone down his rhetoric.
Exhibit A in the phenomenon is Monday's briefing, in which she repeatedly insulted reporters and twisted President Donald Trump's attacks on the press in a contorted effort to deflect blame for the violent and bigoted atmosphere he has contributed to.
"Tomorrow, the president and first lady will travel to Pennsylvania to express the support of the American people and grieve with the Pittsburgh community", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told journalists in Washington. "The very first thing that the media did was condemn the president, go after him, try to place blame".
Trump has repeatedly blamed the media and what he calls "fake news" reporting for Saturday's massacre.
In an open letter Sunday, a group of Jewish leaders from Pittsburgh said Trump bore responsibility for encouraging white nationalist sentiments that led to the synagogue attack. "Wrong! I said that the "Fake News (Media) is the Enemy of the People", a very big difference", he tweeted.
The White House announced the trip Monday amid a mounting row over whether Trump's fierce rhetoric at campaign rallies and on Twitter has been partly responsible for stoking extremist fires ahead of November 6 midterm elections.
However, Jeffrey Myers, a Tree of Life rabbi who was in the synagogue when the heavily armed gunman burst in on worshippers, said Trump would be welcome if he visited. I'm a citizen. He's my president.
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The scolding was in response to CNN reporter Jim Acosta asking why the president is attaching the press as "enemy of the people" rather than trying to unite the country. "Our attention and our focus is going to be on them, and we don't have public safety that we can take away from what is needed in order to do both", Peduto said. Asked if Trump has done enough to condemn white nationalism, Sanders said he "has denounced racism, hatred and bigotry in all forms on a number of occasions".
"The only person responsible for carrying out these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out", she said.
The suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Altieri Sayoc, is an ardent online supporter of Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign rallies, where the president gets the crowd to boo at the mention of his political opponents and media outlets like CNN. He is planning an aggressive campaign schedule during the final days leading up to the November 6 elections.
Among those targeted with mail bombs were former president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival for the presidency in the 2016 election. Last week, the NY offices of CNN, the cable network frequently attacked by Trump and his supporters, was evacuated after receiving an explosive device and an envelope containing white powder.
"Wrong! I said that the 'Fake News (Media) is the Enemy of the People, ' a very big difference", he said.
Critics of the president also blame his rhetoric for providing encouragement to a Florida man who was arrested last week on charges of mailing homemade bombs to more than a dozen senior politicians and others opposing Trump.