• Florida School Shooting: Trump says nation prays with 'heavy heart'

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    WASHINGTON DC - President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation honoring the victims of the deadly Florida high school shooting.

    In the statement provided by ABC News, Trump ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the White House and on all public grounds until February 19.

    Trump says Wednesday's mass shooting turned a Florida school into a "scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil."


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    Trump is addressing the nation a day after the shooting that killed at least 17 people. The president was silent on the issue of gun control. Earlier Thursday, he suggested the suspect was "mentally disturbed."

    Trump says the entire nation "with one heavy heart" is praying for the victims and their families.

    "Our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you, whatever you need, whatever we can do to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family. And your suffering is our burden also," he said.

    "No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning," Trump said. "Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them. A life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give and talents to share with the world."

    An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years.

    Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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