In a surprise visit, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump went to a hospital to visit with some of the survivors of the shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Trumps also met with first responders and hospital staff to thank them for saving and helping the victims.
17 people including 14 students and three teachers were killed by the shooter Nikolas Cruz. 15 people were also wounded in the incident.
Cruz had a history of run-ins with law enforcement in the past and had been reported to the FBI by someone close to him a month before the shooting saying that he was a likely school shooter.
From Fox News:
The president and the first lady flew from Washington to Florida on Friday afternoon. “Incredible recovery,” Trump said while at the hospital. “Incredible. And first responders. Everybody. The job they’ve done is incredible.”
“It’s very sad something like that can happen,” Trump said after being asked if he’d met with victims. “But the job the doctors did, the nurses, the hospital, first responders, law enforcement — really incredible. The speed that they got the victims over to the hospital is record speed. In one case, 20 minutes. In one case, 19 minutes, from the time they were shot. It’s an incredible thing.”
President and Mrs. Trump were accompanied by accompanied trauma surgeon Dr. Igor Nichiporenko as they visited the victims at the hospital.
The visit was a surprise, the White House hadn’t included it on the schedule ahead of the visit.
But Trump had given some hint that he was going to go there, tweeting that he would be meeting with some of the “bravest people on earth” whose lives “have been totally shattered.”
He also seems to be saying he’s working on solutions for the problem of mass shootings with Congress.
Trump did not respond to reporters questions though about whether he would be making any proposals on the subject to Congress.
President Trump was also expected to meet with Broward County Sheriff’s Office personnel Friday night.
He then would be going to Mar-a-Lago which is about forty minutes from the site of the shooting in Parkland.