President Donald Trump spoke directly to the nation’s children after Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, assuring them that they are “never alone.”
During a Thursday press conference, Trump offered a message of unity and hope to the country, and then opted to directly address children who may be struggling with mental health issues.
“I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared,” Trump said. “I want you to know that you are never alone, and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you and who will do anything at all to protect you.”
Trump urged children to reach out to their teachers, family members, local police or faith leaders if they are ever feeling alone or are struggling.
“Answer hate with love, answer cruelty with kindness,” he declared. “We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.”
Turning back to the nation as a whole, Trump promised to work with officials at all levels of government to address the issue of mental health.