President Donald Trump Addresses Nation On Florida High School Shooting (Full) | NBC News


>>MY FELLOW AMERICANS, TODAY I SPEAK TO A NATION IN GRIEF. YESTERDAY A SCHOOL FILLED WITH INNOCENT CHILDREN AND CARING TEACHERS BECAME THE SCENE OF TERRIBLE VIOLENCE, HATRED AND EVIL. AROUND 2:30 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, POLICE RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF GUNFIRE AT MARJORIE STONAM DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND FLORIDA. A GREAT AND SAFE COMMUNITY. THERE A SHOOTER WHO IS NOW IN CUSTODY, OPENED FIRE ON DEFENSELESS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. HE MURDERED 17 PEOPLE AND BADLY WOUNDED AT LEAST 14 OTHERS. OUR ENTIRE NATION WITH ONE HEAVY HEART IS PRAYING FOR THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. TO EVERY PARENT, TEACHER AND CHILD, WHO IS HURTING SO BADLY, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, WHATEVER YOU NEED, WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO EASE YOUR PAIN. WE ARE ALL JOINED TOGETHER AS ONE AMERICAN FAMILY, AND YOUR SUFFERING IS OUR BURDEN ALSO. 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 GOOD-BYE IN THE MORNING. EACH PERSON WHO WAS STOLEN FROM US YESTERDAY HAD A FULL LIFE AHEAD OF THEM. A LIFE FILLED WITH WONDEROUS BEAUTY. AND UNLIMITED POTENTIAL AND PROMISE. EACH ONE HAD DREAMS TO PURSUE, LOVE TO GIVE AND TALENTS TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD. AND EACH ONE HAD A FAMILY TO WHOM THEY MEANT EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD. TODAY WE MOURN FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES. WE COMFORT THE GRIEVING AND THE WOUNDED. AND WE HURT FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY OF PARKLAND FLORIDA THAT IS NOW IN SHOCK AND PAIN. AND SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS. TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRST RESPONDERS AND TEACHERS WHO RESPONDED SO BRAVELY IN THE FACE OF DANGER. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE. SOON AFTER THE SHOOTER, I SPOKE WITH GOVERNOR SCOTT TO CONVEY OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA AND OUR DETERMINATION TO ASSIST IN ANYWAY THAT WE CAN. I ALSO SPOKE WITH FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL PAM BONDY AND BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF SCOTT ISRAEL. I’M MAKING PLANS TO VISIT PARKLAND, TO MEET WITH FAMILIES AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, AND TO CONTINUE COORDINATING THE FEDERAL RESPONSE. IN THESE MOMENTS OF HEARTACHE AND DARKNESS. WE HOLD ON TO GOD’S WORD IN SCRIPTURE. I HAVE HEARD YOUR PRAYER. AND SEEN YOUR TEARS. I WILL HEAL YOU. WE TRUST IN THAT PROMISE, AND WE HOLD FAST TO OUR FELLOW AMERICANS IN THEIR TIME OF SORROW. I WANT TO SPEAK NOW DIRECTLY TO AMERICA’S CHILDREN. ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO FEEL LOST, ALONE, CONFUSED OR EVEN SCARED. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE NEVER ALONE, AND YOU NEVER WILL BE. YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU, WHO LOVE YOU. AND WHO WILL DO ANYTHING AT ALL TO PROTECT YOU. IF YOU NEED HELP, TURN TO A TEACHER, A FAMILY MEMBER. A LOCAL POLICE OFFICER OR A FAITH LEADER. ANSWER HATE WITH LOVE, ANSWER CRUELTY WITH KINDNESS. WE MUST ALSO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A CULTURE IN OUR COUNTRY THAT EMBRACES THE DIGNITY OF LIFE THAT CREATES DEEP AND MEANINGFUL HUMAN CONNECTIONS. AND THAT TURNS CLASSMATES AND COLLEAGUES INTO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. OUR ADMINISTRATION IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO INVESTIGATE THE SHOOTING AND LEARN EVERYTHING WE CAN. WE ARE COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS TO HELP SECURE OUR SCHOOLS AND TACKLE THE DIFFICULT ISSUE OF MENTAL HEALTH. LATER THIS MONTH, I WILL BE MEETING WITH THE NATION’S GOVERNORS AND ATTORNEY GENERALS WHERE MAKING OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR CHILDREN SAFER WILL BE OUR TOP PRIORITY. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY TAKE ACTIONS THAT MAKE US FEEL LIKE WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. WE MUST ACTUALLY MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE. IN TIMES OF TRAGEDY, THE BONDS THAT SUSTAIN US ARE THOSE OF FAMILY, FAITH, COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. THESE BONDS ARE STRONGER THAN THE FORCES OF HATRED AND EVIL. AND THESE BONDS GROW EVEN STRONGER IN THE HOURS OF OUR GREATEST NEED. AND SO ALWAYS, BUT ESPECIALLY TODAY. LET US HOLD OUR LOVED ONES CLOSE. LET US PRAY FOR HEALING AND FOR PEACE, AND LET US COME TOGETHER AS ONE NATION TO WIPE AWAY THE TEARS AND STRIVE FOR A MUCH BETTER TOMORROW. THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THAT WAS PRESIDENT TRUMP, AS YOU HEARD THERE, DECIDING NOT TO ADDRESS ANY POLICY IDEAS AT ALL IN HIS REMARKS, LEAVING IT MOSTLY TRYING TO STRIKE AN EMPATHETIC TONE. BUT IT WAS SURPRISING THAT HE DECIDED TO STRIKE THAT TONE TODAY GIVEN WHAT WE HEARD FROM GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT, FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT DOWN THERE, FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. WHERE THE GOVERNOR IS ALREADY TALKING ABOUT, WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE FROM ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE A GUN. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE PRESIDENT STOPPED SHORT OF EVEN ENTERING INTO A CONVERSATION ON THAT.>>LET ME BRING IN PETER ALEXANDER WATCHING THIS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. PETER, I GUESS WHAT STRUCK ME MOST ABOUT THOSE REMARKS IS, THEY MADE A LOT OF SENSE IF HE UTTERED THEM YESTERDAY. TODAY IT FEELS AS IF HE’S ALMOST ABOUT EIGHT HOURS BEHIND.>>YEAH, CHUCK, I THINK THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. I SPOKE TO A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL EARLIER WHO SAID ADVISERS TO THE PRESIDENT URGED HIM, RECOMMENDED YESTERDAY THAT HE SPEAK IMMEDIATELY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SHOOTING, BUT HE’S THE ONE WHO OPTED NOT TO, WAITING UNTIL TODAY TO SPEAK. I WAS STRUCK BY HIM SAYING IN THOSE REMARKS, TO AMERICANS, CHILDREN, WATCHING RIGHT NOW. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. WE WILL DO IN EFFECT WHATEVER WE CAN TO HELP YOU TO EASE YOUR PAIN. BUT THE REAL QUESTION RIGHT NOW IS, HOW? WHAT CAPITOL. WHAT EFFORT IS THIS ADMINISTRATION, THIS PRESIDENT WILLING TO PUT BEHIND THIS RIGHT NOW? PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES ARE ONE THING. SYMBOLIC GESTURES LIKE LOWERING THE FLAG AS THEY DID — OR EVEN VISITING THAT COMMUNITY I THINK WILL SATISFY SOME. CLEARLY IN THE WAKE OF NOW THREE OF THE TOP TEN DEADLIEST SHOOTINGS NOW HAPPENING SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, THE REAL QUESTION IS, WHAT MORE WILL HAPPEN. REMEMBER THE CONVERSATION WE HAD AFTER THE MASSACRE IN VEGAS, OVER THOSE BUMP STOCKS THAT ALLOW A RIFLE TO SHOOT MORE RAPIDLY, THE PRESIDENT SAID IT’S TOO SOON TO TALK ABOUT IT, MONTHS HAVE PASSED AND THE CONVERSATION ENDED IN EFFECT, THEY HAVEN’T BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT SINCE. IT’S BEEN UP TO THE STATES TO TAKE ANY ACTION. WILL THE PRESIDENT TRY?>>AND PETER, I’M STRUCK BY AGAIN, IT’S AS IF THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT PROCEEDED HIS REMARKS. ONE OF HIS CLOSEST POLITICAL ALLIES, SOMEONE WHO POLITICALLY WOULD BE SEEN AS A FRIEND OF THE NRA, HE ALREADY INTRODUCED THE IDEA THAT HE WANTS TO LOOK INTO WHAT CAN WE DO TO THE BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. ESSENTIALLY TO PREVENT MENTALLY DISTURBED PEOPLE FROM BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE A GUN. HE WAS INTRODUCING THAT IDEA — AND THIS IS — THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULDN’T EVEN FOLLOW THAT LEAD, I THOUGHT WAS STRIKING. HE BARELY — I DON’T KNOW IF HE EVEN UTTERED THE WORD GUN.>>I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT. WHAT WAS ALSO STRIKING, LET ME SHOW YOU A TWEET THE PRESIDENT PUT OUT EARLIER THIS MORNING. A LOT OF PEOPLE RAISED SOME EYEBROWS FOR THEM. SO MANY SIGNS OF THE FLORIDA SHOOTER WAS MENTALLY DISTURBED, EVEN EXPELLED FOR BAD AND ERRATIC BEHAVIOR, NEIGHBORS AND CLASSMATES KNEW HE WAS A BIG PROBLEM. MUST ALWAYS REPORT SUCH INSTANCES TO AUTHORITIES AGAIN AND AGAIN. IN EFFECT SAYING THE COMMUNITY THERE COULD HAVE DONE MORE AT THIS TIME. WHAT MORE ARE THEY DOING HERE? THIS WEEK THEY RAISED THE ISSUE, THE BUDGET, THEY PUT OUT THEIR NEW BUDGET, WHETHER IT GOES ANYWHERE, IT DOESN’T MATTER, IT CALLS FOR A 22% CUT IN MEDICAID ALONE PROVIDES 25% OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY. THE QUESTION IS, ARE THEY GOING TO DO SOMETHING ACTIVELY AS OPPOSED TO JUST THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY’RE SAYING PUBLICLY.>>YOU KNOW HOW GOOD OUR TEAM IS HERE, WE’VE ALREADY CONFIRMED HE DID NOT UTTER THE WORD GUN IN THOSE REMARKS. PETER ALEXANDER AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME GO DOWN TO GABE GUTIERREZ ONE MORE TIME BACK IN FLORIDA DOWN THERE, AT PARKLAND. WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE SCHOOL TODAY, IS IT GRIEF COUNSELORS, VICTIM’S FAMILIES, OBVIOUSLY THERE’S NO CLASSES. DESCRIBE WHAT YOU’RE WITNESSING?>>A LOT OF THE STREETS AROUND HERE ARE STILL BLOCKED OFF. THE INVESTIGATION STILL UNDERWAY AS I MENTIONED, THE AUTHORITIES ARE GOING THROUGH THE SUSPECTS HOME, THEY EXECUTED THAT SEARCH WARRANT OVERNIGHT. WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING TO ARE STUDENTS THAT IS ALL SNEAKING IN FOR THEM. SOME OF THEM JUST LEARNING THIS MORNING, THAT SOME OF THEIR FRIENDS, PEOPLE THEY HAD KNOWN FOR YEARS DID NOT MAKE IT, YOU HEARD FROM THAT NEWS CONFERENCE, A VERY EMOTIONAL REMEMBRANCE FROM THE SHERIFF. TALKING ABOUT THAT FOOTBALL COACH, AARON FEIST, HE THREW HIMSELF IN FRONT OF THESE BULLETS TO SAVE SOME OF THESE CHILDREN. MANY PARENTS WE SPOKE TO ARE REALIZING THE CHILDREN WHO WERE ABLE TO SURVIVE, THEY’RE CLUTCHING THEM EXTRA HARD TODAY. THE SCHOOL HERE IS CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. GRIEF COUNSELORS ARE AT OTHER SITES NEARBY. IN ORDER TO HELP THIS COMMUNITY HEEL. WE’RE STARTING TO LEARN MORE ON THE TIME LINE OF THIS. THE UBER DRIVER WHO BROUGHT THIS SHOOTER TO THE SCHOOL. WE’RE EXPECTING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT IN FUTURE BRIEFINGS.>>TOM, I KNOW YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE GUNMAN, WE HEARD THE FBI, THE LEAD AGENT IN CHARGE SAY THEY LOOKED INTO THIS COMMENT BUT THEY COULDN’T REALLY CONFIRM IT, THEY COULDN’T FIND THE IDENTITY. THE COMMENT HAD HIS NAME ON THERE, SO I GUESS WE’RE NOT SURE. IT’S NOT CLEAR HOW THE FBI GOES ABOUT LOOKING INTO THESE WARNINGS?>>THAT’S RIGHT. LET’S ALSO BE CLEAR, NIKOLAS CRUZ IS A RATHER COMMON NAME IN AMERICA. YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO TRACK DOWN. I WILL TELL YOU, I’VE BEEN TALKING TO FORMER POLICE CHIEFS AND FBI PROFILERS WHO SAY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, VERY OFTEN IN THE WAKE OF THESE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, YOU FIND THAT THE SHOOTER VERY OFTEN A TEENAGED BOY OR 20 SOMETHING YOUNG MAN, THAT PERSON HAS BEEN PREOCCUPIED WITH OTHER SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE PAST. AND ALMOST ALWAYS SOMETHING BRINGS THEM TO COLUMBINE 19 YEARS AGO, THAT THE SHOOTERS TODAY, AT LEAST IN THE LAST 19 YEARS HAVE DONE ONLINE RESEARCH ABOUT COLUMBINE, AND IN SOME CASES TRIED TO EMULATE COLUMBINE. THAT CONTINUES TO HAUNT THIS COUNTRY 19 YEARS LATER.>>WOW! TOM COSTELLO, THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE’RE GOING TO BE FOLLOWING THIS STORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY, WE WILL KOHL BACK ON THE AIR AS EVENTS WARRANT. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ON MSNBC, NBC NEWS.COM. AND YOU’LL GET FULL DETAILS TONIGHT ON EVERYTHING HAPPENING DOWN THERE IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. ON THE NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT. FOR NOW, I’M CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.

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