‘Prayers and condolences’: Trump tweets after Florida school shooting, but does not stand before cameras
President Trump tweeted his “prayers and condolences” after the fatal high school shooting in Florida, but made no on-camera comments Wednesday, as other presidents have done on the same day of mass school shootings.
“No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” Trump tweeted shortly after the shooting. Five minutes after, he tweeted that he spoke with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and was coordinating with police on the “terrible” shooting.
At least 17 people were killed after shots rang out around 2 p.m. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. It was the deadliest high school shooting in modern American history.
The White House press pool sent the administration’s official statement on the tragedy shortly after 3 p.m. ET. “The President has been made aware of the school shooting in Florida. We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected,” the statement read.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later canceled a regularly scheduled press briefing due to the massacre, and told reporters outside her office, “We’re pretty focused on the Florida shooting.”
By 6:15 p.m., a lid had been called — meaning no planned public briefing or address from Trump would be coming.
As of Wednesday night, Trump had no public appearances scheduled for Thursday. Some suggested that the president did not address the gravity of the tragedy, because he used Twitter rather than stand before the public in the national spotlight.
Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton made public comments the same day as mass school shootings during their time in office.
“The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and 10 years old” Obama said Dec. 14, 2012, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
“Today, our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech,” Bush said April 16, 2007, after the Virginia Tech shooting.
“Hillary and I are profoundly shocked and saddened by the tragedy today in Littleton where two students opened fire on their classmates before apparently turning their guns on themselves,” Clinton said on April 20, 1999, after the Columbine High School shooting.
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