President Donald Trump visited Broward Health North Hospital to meet with wounded students, their family members and the hospital medical team on Friday evening following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead and 14 injured.
“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.
Later, Trump said he had met with some of the victims’ parents and said they were in “really great shape” given the circumstances.
Trump also met with first responders at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
“Thank you all very much. Fantastic job. Thank you,” he told the first responders before calling for them to get raises. “Incredible job and everybody is talking about it.”
FEBRUARY 16, 2018 Our entire Nation, with one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims and their families in Parkland, Florida. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage — and we are hear for you, ALWAYS! Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. God Bless You All — and THANK YOU!
The president told the officers that while at the hospital he met a female victim who had been shot four times, including in the lung. He said the first responders, by their quick actions, had saved her life.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi were also at Trump’s meeting with the officers.
Trump did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about changing the nation’s gun laws, but said earlier that he is “working with Congress on many fronts” without elaboration.
Sources with direct knowledge of President Donald Trump’s response to the Florida high school shooting confirm to ABC News, that the president has said on multiple occasions including Friday morning “we have to do something.”
White House sources tell ABC News that it remains unclear what exactly the president wants to ultimately do, but he does want to know what options are available to the administration.
Sources confirm that, since the shooting, members of the administration have reached out to survivors, relatives of victims and locally elected officials in communities that have previously faced a school shooting.
Axios reported Friday White House officials were in the process of contacting individuals connected to past mass shootings such as Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School, sites of some of the most deadly mass shootings in modern American history.
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SOURCE: ABC News, John Santucci, Katherine Faulders, Jordyn Phelps and Cindy Smith