Trump To Meet With Las Vegas Shooting Victims

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President Donald Trump is set to visit Las Vegas in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"It's a very sad thing," said Trump in Oct. 4 comments on the shooting, which left at least 59 dead and over 500 injured, as he left the White House to head to Nevada, reports USA Today.

"We're going to pay our respects," he added.

Trump is set to meet with victims of the shooting as well as first responders and civilians who helped the wounded.

"The police who have done really a fantastic job in a very short time," explained Trump. "And yeah, they're learning a lot more. And that'll be announced at the appropriate time."

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"It's a very, very sad day for me, personally," added the president.

Trump said on Oct. 3 that the police response to the situation was "in many ways, a miracle," according to The Washington Post.

"Look, we have a tragedy," said Trump as he left the White House on his way to Puerto Rico. "The police department, they've done such an incredible job. And we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes on."

"But I do have to say, how quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle," added the president. "They've done an amazing job."

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The shooting was reportedly carried out on Oct. 1 by 64-year-old retiree Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on a large outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. Police said that when they entered Paddock's room, he was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A SWAT team was able to identify Paddock's position in about 20 minutes because a smoke alarm went off in the hotel suite that he was shooting from.

"I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts," Trump said on Oct. 2 after the shooting.

"The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about," he added."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued that it was "not the time" to discuss gun control after the deadly shooting.

"There's a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country," said Sanders during a press briefing on Oct. 2. "There is currently an open an ongoing law enforcement investigation. A motive is yet to be determined. And it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don't fully know all the facts, or what took place last night."

On Twitter, Trump reiterated his gratitude for the police response to the shooting, tweeting: "It is a 'miracle' how fast the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were able to find the demented shooter and stop him from even more killing!"

On his return from Puerto Rico, he declined to discuss gun control in the wake of the shooting.

"We'll talk about that on a later date," said the president.

Sources: USA Today, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr / Embedded Images: Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr, Dickson Phua/Flickr

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