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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit an Emergency Operations Center in El Paso on August 7, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Eight victims of the El Paso mass shooting did not want to meet with President Trump on Wednesday and did not want any visitors, University Medical Center spokesman Ryan Mielke tells the Washington Post.

Why it matters, via the Post: "Trump’s visit to El Paso was unwelcome for many elected officials and other El Pasoans, who believe Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants and the border has emboldened anti-immigrant groups."

The backdrop: As the president set out to meet families and victims of the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas on Wednesday, he also took time to launch or renew attacks on Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Joe Biden, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, Beto O'Rourke and others.

  • Trump told medical staff at El Paso's University Medical Center that the crowds for his visit were much larger than Beto O'Rourke's, who led a separate gathering to honor his hometown after the mass shooting.
  • At least 200 people protested Trump's Wednesday visit outside Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital, while protestors in El Paso held "Racist Go Home" signs outside Trump's motorcade.
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Between the lines: Trump's actions suggest he doesn't consider his standard political rhetoric and his duties as consoler-in-chief to be mutually exclusive.

Go deeper: Trump taunts Beto O'Rourke ahead of El Paso visit

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China and Russia vaccinate the world — for now

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While the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable vaccines has allowed it to focus on providing doses abroad — an effort that could help to save lives across several continents.

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Report: China will dominate AI unless U.S. invests more

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S., which once had a dominant head start in artificial intelligence, now has just a few year's lead on China and risks being overtaken unless government steps in, according to a new report to Congress and the White House.

Why it matters: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military.

Americans agree about more issues than they realize

Data: Populace Inc.; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Many Americans assume the rest of the country doesn't share their political and policy priorities — but they're often wrong, according to new polling by Populace, first seen by Axios.

Why it matters: The polling reveals that despite growing political polarization, Americans share similar long-term goals and priorities for the country.