US President Donald Trump has fronted the media after two mass shootings occurred over the weekend.
In El Paso, Texas, a gunman stormed a Walmart store and opened fire, killing 20 people and injuring many more.
Just hours later in Dayton, Ohio, another gunman opened fire, killing 9 people – including his own sister – before emergency services were able to take him out.
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30 people are dead, and many more injured, in just one weekend.
President Trump has finally fronted the media, after spending his weekend golfing in New Jersey.
He’s vowed “hate has no place in our country”, thanked law enforcement agencies for their swift responses, and cited mental illness as the main contributing factor in both tragedies.
He says he’s in many discussions with officials, to ensure mass shootings stop occurring.
“I’ve spoken with Attorney General Bill Barr, at length.
“I’ve spoken to Christopher Ray, Director of the FBI.
“I’ve spoken to the governors – both governors – and we’re doing a lot of work, a lot of people are working right now.
“A lot of law enforcement people and others.
“Spoken to members of congress about what we can do and a lot of things are being done right now as we speak.
“We have to get it stopped, this has being going on for years. For years and years, we have to get it stopped,” President Trump said.
He’s due to front the media again tomorrow, with more information about exactly what work is being done.
“This is also a mental illness problem.
“If you look at both of these cases, this is mental illness, these are people that are very, very, seriously mentally ill.
“So a lot of things are happening, right now,” President Trump said.
Local media say Trump will be closely watched with his response to the mass shooting, after spending the weekend away golfing, rather than consoling his nation in grief.