US President Donald Trump on Thursday condemned the school shooting massacre in Florida as a “scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil,” while vowing to address mental health issues.
This came after a gunman killed at least 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday.
Speaking in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Trump said: “No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.”
“Yesterday a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil,” Trump said.
“I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you,’ he said, quoting the 2nd book of Kings from the Hebrew Bible.
The president ignored a reporter who yelled, ‘Mr. President, why does this keep happening in America? Will you do something about guns?’
Trump said he will visit that community soon, meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.