Following the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, President Trump praised the heroic first responders for their “bravery,” thanked the nurses and doctors for their “incredible” efforts and consoled survivors by telling them “we’re there for you.”
“Words cannot the describe the bravery that the whole world witnessed on Sunday night,” the President said Wednesday, during a short speech at the Las Vegas Police Department Command Center. “Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage.”
Trump told first responders: “A grateful nation thanks you.”
58 people were killed and more than 480 injured in the attack when a shooter fired from the 32nd floor of a casino onto a crowd of 22,000 concert goers.
The President’s motorcade passed the scene of the shooting on the way to University Medical Center, where he met earlier with victims, families and medical professionals.
“We met patients that were absolutely terribly wounded,” Trump said following his hospital visit.
The President said his message to the victims is “we have a great country, and we’re there for you.” Trump said he invited some of the patients to come to Washington to visit the White House.
“And believe me, I’ll be there for them,” he said.
Trump praised the doctors and nurses for their “professionalism,” telling them “it’s incredible what you’ve done.”
The President and First Lady were greeted at the airport by Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.
Trump is no stranger to the city of Las Vegas. The Trump International Hotel is only a few miles down the road from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where police say a man named Stephen Paddock smashed two windows in his suite overlooking a country music festival on Sunday night and opened gunfire on concertgoers.
In recent days, Democrats have called for new gun control measures in the wake of the massacre. Both Trump and congressional Republicans have said it’s too early to discuss any legislative actions that could be taken.
A reporter asked Trump about the issue of gun violence during his hospital visit, but the President said: “We’re not going to talk about that today.”