Trump: Vegas Shooting "Act of Pure Evil"
President Trump condemned the mass shooting in Las Vegas as an "act of pure evil" on Monday morning.
Speaking from the Diplomatic Room in the White House, the President noted that Americans were "joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief."
"Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada," Trump said. "He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil," he continued.
"Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one, a parent, a child, a brother or sister," noted the President. "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. And we ask god to help see you through this very dark period," he said.
Trump vowed to visit the tragedy-struck city later this week. "I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims," he said. "In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has."
"In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness," Trump acknowledge.
"The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope," he said.