WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to as the suspect within the mass faculty capturing in Parkland, Florida, “mentally disturbed” and vowed to assist native jurisdictions deal with psychological well being points, however he made no point out of stricter gun management legal guidelines.
In a televised handle on the White Home, Trump targeted his response on the necessity for the nation to supply extra help for younger individuals who really feel remoted a day after Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former scholar who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive, was accused of the rampage that killed 17 individuals at his former faculty.
“I would like you to know you’re by no means alone and by no means can be,” Trump stated throughout temporary remarks within the Diplomatic Room. He urged younger individuals to show for assist to “a instructor, a member of the family, an area police officer or a religion chief.”
“Reply hate with love,” he stated. “Reply cruelty with kindness.”
Trump pledged his administration would assist “deal with the troublesome challenge of psychological well being” and stated the difficulty of enhancing security in faculties can be the highest precedence throughout a gathering later this month with governors and state attorneys common. But Trump made no point out of gun management legal guidelines within the aftermath of the third deadliest faculty capturing in U.S. historical past.
In a tweet earlier Thursday, Trump implored the general public to report erratic conduct to authorities as a strategy to head off such rampages. The president stated there have been “so many indicators” about Cruz and he declared, “Neighbors and classmates knew he was an enormous drawback.”
The president hooked up – or “threaded” – his tweet to an unrelated one from two days earlier that handled the congressional negotiations on immigration. It was not clear why.
He tweeted: So many indicators that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from faculty for dangerous and erratic conduct. Neighbors and classmates knew he was an enormous drawback. Should all the time report such situations to authorities, many times!”
On Wednesday, he provided his “prayers and condolences” to the households of the victims. Seventeen individuals have been reported killed within the bloodbath.
The White Home canceled its day by day information briefing Wednesday within the wake of the capturing, and none is listed on Thursday’s public schedule. Trump has no public occasions on his calendar, which features a personal intelligence briefing and a personal assembly with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Trump’s suggestion that Cruz, who authorities stated used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle,…