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Facing criticism, Trump to make address on school shooting

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US President Donald Trump faces questions about a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead
US President Donald Trump will deliver a televised address Thursday, as he confronts mounting questions about his handling of a deadly rampage at a Florida school. After 18 hours of intense internal White House deliberations, Sarah Sanders announced that Trump would “address the nation on the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL at 11am (1600 GMT).”
Trump has not yet heard about Wednesday’s rampage, in which 17 people were shot dead at a school in the southern state of Florida. Earlier Thursday, Trump issued a largely symbolic proclamation, ordering that flags be flown at half staff at US embassies, government buildings and military facilities. “Our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Stoneman Marjory Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,” he said. Trump’s Tragedy has been striking. In similar situations, previous presidents have appeared before the nation to console or unite. Barack Obama’s tearful appearance after 20 elementary school children were cut down at Sandy Hook in 2012, was a seminal moment of his presidency. Trump, as always in his ground-breaking and rule-breaking presidency, has chosen to do things differently. Florida Wednesday night, the White House said Trump would not appear again that evening. In an unusual scene, reporters who work in the world were forced to go to work. – A pair of tweets – Trump’s only comments were told by Florida Governor Rick Scott and was “working closely with law enforcement on the dreaded Florida school shooting.” “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

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Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, a city about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Miami on February 14, 2018
First Lady, Melania Trump, feels a tweet and so did Vice President Mike Pence. Trump’s position on gun control, with the help of a star and a battery of allegations against a top help, the White House canceled its daily news.
“Sanders said, three hours after a briefing had been made to start. No briefing was scheduled for Thursday. Inside any White House, there is a difficult conversation about what to say after a mass shooting and how to say it. “Somehow this has become routine,” Barack Obama said in 2015. He said, he said, felt tapped out, and he could make a difference. “The reporting is routine.” The response is difficult, in part, because Americans’ differences are so engrained. This latest mass shooting – in a country where mass shootings are an almost daily occurrence – has inevitably reignited questions about America’s permissive gun laws. Trump’s hard opposition to any additional gun control makes this White House’s response even more difficult. He is the first president of the NRA, a powerful gun industry group that has outsized influence over American politics. Sales of weapons have actually been made, with owners feeling less of a possible future of possible curbs. – Onus on shooter –

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Nikolas Cruz, seen here in a booking photo obtained February 15, 2018 courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office
By Thursday morning Trump again took to the United States to report the abuse. “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” Trump tweeted.
“Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. The suspect used in Colt AR-15, a semi-automatic weapon that has been reported to be legally purchased. Opponents of gun control in the field of motion and the use of weapons.

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