President Donald Trump tweeted out support to victims of the latest school shooting to jar the nation – stating flatly that no child should ever have to feel unsafe at school.
‘My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting,’ Trump tweeted at 3:50 pm, as the tragedy in south Florida was still unfolding.
‘No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.’
The president weighed in as it emerged that three students are dead and at least 50 have been injured in a mass shooting at a Florida high school where the gunman remains at large.
In a follow-on tweet, he wrote: ‘Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.’
Trump was briefed on the situation, according to the White House.
‘The President has spoken with Governor Scott of Florida and offered federal assistance if needed,’ said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement.
President Donald Trump tweeted out support to victims of the latest school shooting to jar the nation, this one in South Florida
‘Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen also spoke with Governor Scott as well as state and local officials. She has briefed the President on those conversations. The Governor, the Secretary, and other Administration officials will continue to keep the President updated.’
First lady Melania Trump, who visited with hospitalized near Washington, also tweeted about the shooting.
‘My heart is heavy over the school shooting in Florida. Keeping all affected in my thoughts & prayers,’ the first lady wrote. She was visiting a nonprofit at the National Institutes of Health that caters to sick children getting experimental treatments.
The White House cancelled its delayed daily press briefing. ‘We continue to keep the victims, and their friends and family, in our thoughts and prayers,’ Sanders said.
On January 24, Trump tweeted about a school shooting in Kentucky, but it took him more than a day after the shooting to do so.
Police are responding to the incident at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
‘Earlier today, I spoke with @GovMattBevin of Kentucky regarding yesterday’s shooting at Marshall County High School. My thoughts and prayers are with Bailey Holt, Preston Cope, their families, and all of the wounded victims who are in recovery. We are with you!’ Trump tweeted.
After that shooting, which led to two deaths and 18 wounded, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders got pressed on what policy moves the administration was pursuing.
She characterized the shootings as part of a crime wave that preceded Trump saying they ‘certainly would be part of a crime wave that we are focused on addressing.’
First lady Melania Trump meets with children making cookies for Valentine’s Day during her visit to the Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. She tweeted about the school shooting after her event concluded
‘The President believes that all Americans deserve to be safe in their schools and in their communities,’ Sanders said. ‘We’ve tried to crack down on crime throughout the country,’ she added.
But she did not unveil new legislat