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President Obama to travel to Orlando on Thursday

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2016, after getting briefed on the investigation of a shooting at a nightclub in Orlando by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and other officials.

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2016, after getting briefed on the investigation of a shooting at a nightclub in Orlando by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and other officials.

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President Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday "to pay his respects to victims' families, and to stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

"We will have more information on the President's trip in the coming days."

Speaking at the White House earlier Monday, Obama, said the shootings in Orlando should prompt Americans to “think about the risks that we are willing to take by being so lax in how we make very powerful firearms available to people in this country.”

“We make it very easy for individuals who are troubled, or disturbed, or want to engage in violent acts to obtain very powerful weapons very easily, and it’s a problem,” he said, noting that it appeared Omar Mateen, the man identified as the killer, had carried out the massacre with guns obtained legally, including an assault-style rifle he took out of the store the day it was purchased.

Also Monday, Gov. Rick Scott got a call from Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president, who “conveyed her condolences and reiterated the President's commitment to helping and supporting the people of Orlando,” the White House said.


[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2016 9:46pm]

    

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