‘An act of pure evil’: Trump invokes scripture to ask for comfort for the bereaved of Las Vegas and says he will travel to stricken city Wednesday

Monday, October 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Trump made his first statement on the Las Vegas shooting, the country’s deadliest, in a Monday morning tweet
‘My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!’ Trump wrote
He later addressed the country from the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room, quoting scripture and offering prayres
The White House said the president has been briefed on the incident and CNN is reporting that he’s reconsidering his Puerto Rico trip in light of the shooting
President Trump was joined by Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump in offering condolences
Vice President Mike Pence also used Twitter to express his grief, calling it ‘senseless violence’

By Nikki Schwab, U.S. Political Reporter
2 October 2017

President Trump called last night’s mass casualty shooting in Las Vegas ‘an act of pure evil’ as he quoted scripture to comfort the bereaved, speaking from the White House Monday morning.

‘Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,”‘ Trump said. ‘We seek comfort in those words but we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.’

Trump also announced that he would travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Trump spoke from the Diplomatic Reception Room, where he addressed the country in the aftermath of the Congressional Baseball Game practice shooting in June as well.

The president’s first remarks came at 7:11 a.m. Monday morning in the form of a tweet.

‘My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!’ Trump has written.

Standing at the podium several hours later, he began by saying the country was joined together in ‘sadness, shock and grief.’

‘Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada,’ Trump said, not identifying the suspect, who police say is 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.

‘He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more,’ the president said, calling the act ‘pure evil.’

He assured the public that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were coordinating with local officials on the ground, as he thanked those first responders for their quick efforts for sniffing out the shooter, carrying out his act from the Mandalay Bay Hotel’s 32nd floor.

‘The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life,’ Trump said. ‘To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful.’

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