First Lady Melania Trump with President Donald Trump as he speaks about the weekend's mass shootings. Photo: Nicholas KammAFP/Getty Images

President Trump offered condolences after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this weekend, telling reporters in Morristown, New Jersey: "Hate has no place in our country and we're gonna take care of it."

"This has been going for years. For years and years and we have to get it stopped. Perhaps more has to be done. This is also a mental illness problem. These are people who are very, very seriously mentally ill."

Why it matters: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defended Trump Sunday against allegations that some of the president's past comments have downplayed the rising threat of white nationalism in the U.S., and that his divisive rhetoric is helping fuel violent domestic attacks like the shooting in El Paso.

Context: Police are investigating a racist online post that appeared just before Saturday morning's Texas attack. Evidence from authorities indicates that the shooting could be prosecuted as a hate crime.

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Why it matters: Because the Constitution gives Congress the power to appropriate federal spending, Trump has limited authority to act unilaterally — and risks a legal challenge if congressional Democrats believe he has overstepped.

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