President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the victims of a Friday school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, at a public appearance.
“Unfortunately, I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that just took place moments ago. We’re closely monitoring the situation and federal authorities are coordinating with local officials,” Trump said in his first public remarks since the shooting took place.
Initial reports indicate multiple adults and children were injured in the shooting and officials have the suspect in custody.
The president continued with solidarity for the families and a pledge to take action to increase protection measures. “Too many years. Too many decades now. We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack [on] the students, families, teachers, and personnel at Santa Fe High. We’re with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever,” he said.
“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others. Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe. May God heal the injured and confident the wounded and may god be with the victims and with the victims’ families. Very sad day. Very, very sad.”