WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will reckon with the aftermath of a lethal mass capturing in Las Vegas as he meets Wednesday with survivors and law enforcement officials in a time of grief.
Trump heads to the town days after a gunman on the 32nd ground of a Vegas Strip lodge and on line casino opened hearth on individuals at an outside nation music pageant beneath. The Sunday evening rampage by Stephen Craig Paddock killed at the very least 59 individuals and injured 527, some from gunfire and a few from a chaotic escape.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump mentioned he’d be in Las Vegas to “pay our personal respects and condolences to everybody. What happened is such a tragedy. So unnecessary. Who can believe what happened to Las Vegas?” He later added that it was “a very horrible thing even to think about.”
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Trump was to be joined by first girl Melania Trump. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy mentioned he and Rep. Mark Amodei, a Nevada Republican, additionally would make the journey.
Trump’s journey to Las Vegas follows his Tuesday journey to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During that journey, he highlighted Puerto Rico’s comparatively low dying toll in contrast with “a real catastrophe like Katrina,” when as many as 1,800 individuals died in 2005 as levees defending New Orleans broke. He additionally centered on the most effective of the critiques he and his administration are getting slightly than criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Maria.
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As he departed the White House for Puerto Rico, Trump referred to as the Las Vegas gunman “demented” and a “very, very sick individual.” Trump additionally praised Las Vegas police, saying they’d carried out an “incredible job.”
Asked about gun legal guidelines, the president mentioned “we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
Trump supplied sombre remarks in regards to the capturing from the White House on Monday, saying “our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence.”