Trump Arrives in Las Vegas in Wake of Mass Shooting

POTUS and first lady plan to meet survivors and first responders

Last Updated: October 4, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Las Vegas Wednesday morning to honor the victims and families of the Las Vegas shooting that shook the city on Sunday night.

POTUS arrived at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport at 9:37 a.m. PST. Trump was greeted by Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, Governor Brian Sandoval as well as roughly a dozen TV crews from both local and national news outlets, as well as print reporters and photographers — including TheWrap.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he would be landing in Las Vegas “to pay my respects” with the first lady: “Everyone remains in our thoughts and prayers.” Trump left the White House early Wednesday morning, just one day after his trip to Puerto Rico.

The president and first lady are scheduled to meet survivors, first responders, civilian heroes and officials in Las Vegas. He announced his trip to Las Vegas during a speech on Monday, just hours after the shooting.

After the shooting, Trump tweeted his condolences: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”

In his first public address after Sunday’s massacre, Trump said it was “an act of pure evil” and that we “cannot fathom their pain or imagine their loss.Trump championed the police and first responders for their “true professionalism” in attending to the victims and locating the shooter.

Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 people were wounded when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort on concert goers attending the Route 91 Harvest festival on Sunday night. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Itay Hod contributed to this report.

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