President Donald Trump said the Annapolis, Maryland, shooting on Thursday has “shocked the conscience of the nation and filled our hearts with grief.”
The president delivered remarks addressing Thursday’s shooting inside the Capital Gazette newsroom. Watch his remarks in the player above.
A gunman opened fire on the Capital Gazette newsroom, killing five people and wounding two more. The president made his remarks about the shooting at the beginning of a White House event that celebrated the six-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts.
Trump also said that “journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.” Previously, Trump has called the press the “enemy of the American people,” and has repeatedly decried several news outlets as “fake news.”
He offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
The president responded on Twitter hours after the shooting, saying, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”