LAS VEGAS - President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met privately with victims of the Las Vegas shooting at a hospital Wednesday, praising them and the doctors who treated them as he visited a city still reeling from the worst gun massacre in modern U.S. history. He invited them to come visit him at the White House.
Speaking to reporters from the lobby of the University Medical Center lobby, Trump said he’d met “some of the most amazing people” and commended the doctors who’d worked to save them for doing an “indescribable” job.
“It makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job that they’ve done,” he said.
Air Force One landed at the airport near the famed Las Vegas strip on a bright, sunny morning just days after a gunman on the 32nd floor of a hotel and casino opened fire on people at an outdoor country music festival below. The Sunday night rampage killed at least 59 people and injured 527, some from gunfire and some from a chaotic escape.
“It’s a very sad thing. We are going to pay our respects and to see the police who have done really a fantastic job in a very short time,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House. He said that authorities were “learning a lot more” about the shooter, Stephen Craig Paddock, and that more details would be “announced at an appropriate time.”
“It’s a very, very sad day for me personally,” he said.
Trump’s first stop was the University Medical Center, where he met privately with victims of the Sunday night shooting rampage, their families, and medical professionals. On his trip from the airport, the president’s motorcade drove past the Mandalay Bay hotel where the gunman fired down into the concert crowd.
Trump told reporters “We’re going to be seeing - ah it’s a very, it’s very, it’s a very - horrible thing, even to think about. Really horrible,” he said. “We’re also meeting with the police, the sheriff, and we’re going to spend quite a lot of time in Las Vegas.”