WATCH LIVE | CBS4 News This Morning

TRAFFIC ALERT: All NB Lanes Of Turnpike Shutdown At SW 216th Street Due To Deadly Crash | Alternates

Trump Visits Las Vegas On ‘Sad Day’ After Mass Shooting

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

LAS VEGAS (CBSMiami/AP) — Declaring it “a sad day” for himself personally and the nation, President Donald Trump traveled to Las Vegas Wednesday after a gunman killed 59 people at a concert.

He is meeting with survivors and law enforcement officials in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

gettyimages 857546606 Trump Visits Las Vegas On Sad Day After Mass Shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 4: (L to R) Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo looks on as Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval shakes hands with President Donald Trump upon arrival at McCarran International Airport, October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump is scheduled to visit with victims and first responders from Sunday night’s mass shooting during his trip to Las Vegas. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Air Force One landed at the airport near the famed Las Vegas strip on a bright, sunny morning.

Trump headed to the city days after a gunman on the 32nd floor of a hotel and casino opened fire on people at an outdoor country music festival below. The Sunday night rampage by Stephen Craig Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured 527, some from gunfire and some from a chaotic escape.

“It’s a very sad thing. We are going to pay our respects and to see the police who have done really a fantastic job in a very short time,” Trump said. He told reporters before departing the White House that authorities were “learning a lot more” about Paddock and it would be “announced at an appropriate time. It’s a very, very sad day for me personally.”

Trump was joined by first lady Melania Trump. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he and Rep. Mark Amodei, a Nevada Republican, also would make the trip.

Trump’s trip to Las Vegas follows his Tuesday travel to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During that trip, he highlighted Puerto Rico’s relatively low death toll compared with “a real catastrophe like Katrina,” when as many as 1,800 people died in 2005 as levees protecting New Orleans broke. He also focused on the best of the reviews he and his administration are getting rather than criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

As he left the White House for Puerto Rico, Trump called the Las Vegas gunman “demented” and a “very, very sick individual.” Trump also praised Las Vegas police, saying they had done an “incredible job.”

Asked about gun laws, the president said “we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”

Trump offered somber remarks about the shooting from the White House on Monday, saying “our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence.”

(TM and © Copyright 2017 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Miami

CBS4 New Home For Florida Lottery
Pro Football Challenge
Pro Football Knockout Pool

Watch & Listen LIVE