Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump to meet with high school students after fatal shooting

Trump to meet with high school students after fatal shooting

The FBI has admitted it failed to act on a tip-off about suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, who has confessed to the shooting at a high school in Parkland in which 17 people died.

Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE reportedly skipped a day at the golf course on Saturday in the wake of the Florida school shooting that took place just miles from his Mar-a-Lago beach club.

President Donald Trump made a grim trip to the Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders.

Speaking to reporters at Broward Health North Hospital, the President praised the "incredible" work of doctors, nurses and first responders who helped victims after the shooting, CBS News reported.

"I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun", he said.

"We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the hard issue of mental health", Trump wrote in an Instagram post alongside the picture.

Many are also upset that President Trump is avoiding the topic of gun control and hasn't yet displayed signs of leadership that would result in making US public schools safer for all children. "Please pray that this horrific tragedy never happens to another family". His state-appointed defense attorney said Friday that Cruz is willing to plead guilty to life without parole in order to be spared the possibility of a death sentence.

The information from the caller "should have been assessed as a potential threat to life" and forwarded to the agency's Miami field office, it said. The caller provided information about "Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting", the statement said.

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Trump to meet with high school students after fatal shooting

"We did", Gonzalez said, her shaking with emotion.

The FBI's missteps have raised questions about whether it could have prevented the shooting.

The FBI has acknowledged receiving two tips that appear to relate to Cruz ahead of the shooting.

Trump is far from the only person to attack the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Miami for overlooking warning signs that pointed to the likelihood that Nikolas Cruz would become a school shooter.

Cruz was also known to local police after his mother repeatedly called them over his violent outbursts, while records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show welfare services investigated Cruz after he cut his arms and said he wanted to buy a gun.

Trump regularly golfs when he stays in Florida at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which is located about 40 miles from where the high school where a gunman killed 17 and injured at least 14 people on Wednesday.

In Washington, the political response so far makes it clear that the powerful pro-gun National Rifle Association - which spent $30 million to support Trump 's election in 2016 - remains formidable.

Gun control advocates have criticised the easy access to AR-15 rifles, a civilian version of the USA military M16.

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