Full Video & Transcript: President Donald Trump Statement on Las Vegas, Nevada Mass Shooting, Monday, October 2, 2017

See live video — and later, full replay and transcript — of President Donald Trump’s remarks on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, October 2, 2017. The massacre at a Jason Aldean outdoor concert at the Las Vegas Strip has left more than 50 dead and 400 injured and is the deadliest in U.S. modern history. See the President’s statement in real time with the live stream video player embedded below starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT time (GMT – 4). Thereafter check back for the full text and replay which will be posted as soon as available.

UPDATE: Full replay video and transcript have been added below.


Diplomatic Room
10:50 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, we are 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. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.

I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one — a parent, a child, a brother or sister. 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.

Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.

In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff.

I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.
In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. 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.
Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today — and always will, forever.

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. 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.

Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.

May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.

Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.

Live stream video is above. Live coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. EDT time (GMT/UTC -4). With World Clock you can find the equivalent in your time zone on Monday, October 2, 2017 or Tuesday, October 3, accordingly.

Earlier in the day the President Tweeted:

President Donald Trump’s public schedule for Monday, October 2, 2017 is below (EDT; GMT/UTC – 4).

10:00 a.m. — Receives daily intelligence briefing – Oval Office
11:00 a.m. — Leads a deregulation summit – East Room
11:35 a.m. — Meets with the governors of Kentucky, Mississippi, Maine, and New Hampshire – Oval Office
12:20 p.m. — The President and First Lady welcome Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Madam Chan-o-Cha of Thailand – South Portico
12:40 p.m. — Meets with Prime Minister Chan-o-Cha – Oval Office
1:00 p.m. — Holds a working luncheon with Prime Minister Chan-o-Cha – Cabinet Room
7:00 p.m. — Dinner with Republican Members of Congress – Blue Room

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