President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, aiming to honor the victims of Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, visited Broward Health North Hospital on Friday, the hospital where numerous victims were treated.
"The job they've done is incredible and I want to congratulate you", Trump said as he shook hands with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko - a trauma surgeon.
Asked if he'd talked with victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Trump added: "I did indeed, and it's very sad something like that could happen". He had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for "disciplinary reasons", Broward County, Florida, Sheriff Scott Israel said.
The first lady also made brief remarks during the visit, telling the assembled officers, "Thank you all for what you do". With his wife Melania, he also paid his respects to law enforcement officials in Fort Lauderdale, telling officers he hoped they were "getting the credit" they deserved.
Trump marveled at the speed with which first responders got victims to the hospital-but ignored shouted questions about whether guns should be more tightly regulated.
They spent time with two patients from the school - a girl who was shot four times and a boy.
An emotional Jimmy Kimmel opened his show Thursday night by speaking to both his audience and President Trump following Wednesday's school shooting that took place in Florida. His outline for security protocol reveals "his desire inside of the White House to stay on as President Trump's top aide rather than step away", the Post writes. The president later placed calls of condolence and support to Parkland's mayor, a Broward County commissioner and the school's principal.
This is shocking and devastating news for this family and the thoughts of the wider community will be with them at this bad time.
The president tweeted this morning that he is "working with Congress on many fronts" but did not elaborate.
Trump's visit to the Parkland area - not far from his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he will spend the long President's Day weekend - was not announced in advance, perhaps because he risked being greeted with angry demands for action on gun laws.
He has not yet proposed any specific policies.
President Trump has been a close ally of the National Rifle Association - securing their endorsement during the 2016 elections. But there's no such restriction for rifles, shotguns or the AR-15 that police say he used to carry out the nation's deadliest school shooting in more than five years.
The President, during the brief exchange, also heralded the efforts of hospital staff and first responders to save lives.
U.S. citizens must come to terms with the fact that their Second Amendment right to bear arms is literally backfiring.
"You can count on it", Trump replied.
However, Trump position on gun policy has evolved. "It's an incredible thing", Trump said.
Going back to the campaign, Trump came out against the NRA in allowing people on the no fly list to purchase guns.
However, it has been noted that previous year the president signed a law that made it easier for people with mental health issues to buy guns. "And it's simpler. It's just simpler".
Trump updated his Twitter cover photo with the picture from the meeting Friday evening.