Florida school shooting: Trump slams Federal Bureau of Investigation over attack

Monday, 19 Feb, 2018

President Trump met Friday with some of the victims shot in a rifle assault at a Parkland, Fla., high school, vowing to confront school safety problems and "the hard issue of mental health".

Trump is scheduled to spend the weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

"They are laughing their asses off in Moscow", Trump tweeted on Sunday morning.

In stopping near the scene of the massacre, Trump is following a well-worn pattern of presidents jetting to communities reeling from tragedy and attempting words of solace.

The debate over gun control in America has been polarizing and politicized. He's urging Americans to "create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections". "@realDonaldTrump hello I'm the 16 year old girl who tweeted you that I didn't want your condolences, I wanted gun control, and went viral because of it".

President Trump and his wife, Melania, visited Florida on Friday, to meet with law enforcement officials and some of the victims of Wednesday's shooting.

"Incredible job and everybody is talking about it", Trump reportedly said, after a meeting at the local sheriff's office.

Emma Gonzalez spoke passionately about gun control in front of hundreds outside the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL on February 17. She also condemned the National Rifle Association, which opposes laws that it says violate gun owners' rights.

A White House statement said that the Trumps were visiting "to pay their respects and thank the medical professionals for their life-saving assistance" in response to shooting.

President Donald Trump says Wednesday's mass shooting turned a Florida school into a "scene of awful violence, hatred and evil". "Our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families".

Trump's comments come on the same day that the FBI publicly admitted that it received a tip about Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz and his "desire to kill people", but the information was never forwarded for investigation.

The Network for Public Education and the American Federation of Teachers called on students, teachers and administrators to organize sit-ins, walkouts and other acts of protest on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. In the days since the shooting, multiple students have also pushed back against lawmakers offering thoughts and prayers, demanding instead immediate legislation to prevent further instances of gun violence. He and his brother Holden survived Wednesday's school shooting.

The mayor of Parkland, Christine Hunschofsky, reacted to Trump's tweet on Thursday when it was read to her by CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day". What distinguishes the United States from the developed world is our open market in the weaponry of war - in weapons whose chief objective and selling point is their obscene ability to kill as many people as possible in the shortest burst of time.

He called for the death penalty for an Uzbek immigrant charged in a truck attack in New York City previous year that killed eight people.

Very sad that the Federal Bureau of Investigation missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem.

"He certainly can't accept that this activity may have helped him", said John Podesta, former chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, in an interview on on CBS's Face the Nation.

Trump has cited mental health before as a cause for mass shootings, dismissing questions about gun control.