Trump focuses on victims and healing, not playing politics in his address after shootings.
President Trump took the podium today to offer his condolences to the victims of the Las Vegas shootings. The lastest information says that 58 people are dead and several more were wounded after Stephen Paddock fired into a crowd of people who were attending a country music festival.
Police have not yet determined a motive behind the shooting, but a spokesman for the police department stated they did not believe it was linked to terrorist groups.
President Trump called the Las Vegas attack an “act of pure evil” Monday morning, in a somber address to the American people following the mass shooting now considered the deadliest in modern U.S. history.The attack left 58 people dead and 515 hospitalized.
The president announced he will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders and families of victims. He also ordered the flag be flown at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings to honor those who died.
“It was an act of pure evil,” Trump said.
In a unifying, faith-focused speech from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, the president offered his prayers through this “very dark period.”
“To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period,” the president said. “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.”The president called upon “the bonds that unite us,” including faith, family and shared values.
“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence,” Trump said. “In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy.”
He added: “But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.”
I am glad that we have a President at the helm of the country with a steady hand. He did not get flustered or seem overly emotional, just focused on the job at hand. That is why he is such an effective leader, he can maintain composure under pressure.