A 'very, very sad day' as Donald Trump arrives in Las Vegas in aftermath of mass shooting

Declaring it a "very, very sad day" for himself and the nation, President Donald Trump has arrived in Las Vegas where a gunman killed 59 people at a concert.

He is meeting survivors and law enforcement officials in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, speaks to reporters before boarding for Las Vegas to visit victims and first responders affected by the worst mass shooting in American history.
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, speaks to reporters before boarding for Las Vegas to visit victims and first responders affected by the worst mass shooting in American history.

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," Mr Trump told reporters before leaving the White House.

He said the authorities were "learning a lot more" about the gunman, Stephen Paddock, and that more details would be "announced at an appropriate time".

"It's a very, very sad day for me personally," he said.

The president's trip to Las Vegas follows his Tuesday visit to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico - a pair of back-to-back episodes that are testing his ability to unite and lift the US in times of strife.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for a trip to Las Vegas to meet with victims and first responders of the mass shooting
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for a trip to Las Vegas to meet with victims and first responders of the mass shooting


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