Trump Quotes Scripture To Comfort Nation, Will Visit Las Vegas

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump addressed the nation Monday following a mass shooting in Las Vegas by calling for people to seek solace in the Bible’s words that the “Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”


The shooting at a country music concert is Las Vegas by a lone gunman is reported as the largest mass shooting in American history with at least 50 dead. The Islamic State claimed through a propaganda channel that the alleged perpetrator, Stephen Paddock, acted on behalf of the terror organization.

“We are joined today in sadness, shock, and grief,” Trump said speaking from the White House. The president said that he has directed that the nation’s flag be flown at half mast at government buildings.

“Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one, a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims. We are praying for you and we are here for you,” the president stated. “We ask God to help see you through this very dark period. Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.”

He added that he will fly to Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.

“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one,” Trump said.