By Eileen Sullivan
WASHINGTON – President Trump conveyed a message of unity on Monday when he addressed the nation to share his sadness and offer prayers for those killed or injured in Las Vegas in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
“My fellow Americans, we are joined today in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump said, the morning after a gunman opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds more.
“It was an act of pure evil,” Trump said.
The president’s remarks about unity, made from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, came at a time when the president has seized on divisions over other issues.
“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has,” Trump said. “We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.”
Earlier Monday, Trump offered his “warmest condolences” in a Twitter post.
Law enforcement officials said the gunman killed himself Sunday night after he opened fire on a country music festival from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.