The White House released President Donald Trump’s weekly address video Friday, wherein he paid tribute to the victims of Sunday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with victims and their families at the hospital, offering comfort and encouragement.
The president and first lady also met with hospital personnel, first responders and law enforcement officials, commending them for all they did to save lives in what turned out to be the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Below is the full transcript of President Trump’s weekly address, followed by the video:
My fellow Americans,
On Wednesday, I traveled to Las Vegas to visit with the victims of the horrific shooting, speak with their families, and thank the brave citizens, first responders, and medical personnel who saved so many lives.
We struggled to grasp the evil that occurred on Sunday evening when a murderer shot into a crowd of more than 20,000 people. Men, women, and children were gathered to enjoy a concert. They never imagined it would become the worst day of their lives.
But in the wake of such shock and horror, it was a matter of seconds before the goodness of the human spirit broke through. When the shooting began, a mother laid on top of her daughter to protect her from gunfire. A husband died to protect his beloved wife. Strangers rescued strangers. Police officers and first responders rushed into danger.
When the worst of humanity strikes, the best of humanity responds. The men and women who risked their lives to save their fellow citizens give proof to the words of this scripture, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Americans defied death and hatred with love and courage.
This week our nation remembers all the wonderful people we have lost and all the grace they have brought into our lives and our communities.
Among the fallen were young students full of limitless potential, law enforcement personnel, a nurse, teachers dedicated to our children’s future, and many others. They were mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. They were husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. They will be dearly missed, and they will never be forgotten.
To all those who lost a loved one, we cannot imagine your pain or erase our sorrow. Our hearts grieve for you. We stand with you now and every day after, and we pray that God may carry you through the anguish and sorrow. We can never fill the void of those who perished, but we pledge to honor them by living as they would have wished, with lives full of purpose, with hearts full of love, and with hope for a better tomorrow.
May God comfort the brokenhearted, and may God bless the United States of America.
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