President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a surprise trip to Broward Health North Hospital to visit victims of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland.
President Trump also met with and thanked doctors, nurses, first responders and law enforcement.
President Trump visits Florida hospital, praises first responders following school shooting: "It's very sad something like that could happen, but the job the doctors did, the nurses, the hospital, the first responders, law enforcement — really incredible." https://t.co/uAflY1ixJB pic.twitter.com/SJTRfrjz8a
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From The Palm Beach Post
UPDATE 7:24 p.m.: The president and first lady are headed to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where they will meet with first responders.
UPDATE 7:21 p.m.: The president and first lady spent more than 30 minutes at the hospital, where seven victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are recovering.
The president told reporters it was “very sad that something like this could happen but the job the doctors did and the nurses, the hosptial, first responders, law enforcement – really incredibile.”
Deijon Morrison, a patient observation specialist, said Trump visited the third floor, where trauma patients are mainly kept. That floor and the doctors’ lobby was blocked from access.
Hospital personnel were alerted of the visit yesterday, Morrison said.
“I mean I’m happy he visited the patients,” he said.
The president smiled and waved to police and media as he left the hospital parking lot, after a half-hour visit.
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UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: The president flew to Broward County in Marine One, the presidential helicopter, with First Lady Melania Trump.
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UPDATE 6:45 p.m.:President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited recovering victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on Friday.
Trump made the unannounced visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach shortly after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport for a three-day weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.
Air Force One arrived about 5:30 p.m. with Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio accompanying the president. Rather than making the customary short eastward trip to Mar-a-Lago, the presidential motorcade headed west on Southern Boulevard and south on Florida’s Turnpike to Broward County.
ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump landed at Palm Beach International Airport about 5:30 p.m. tonight.
The couple disembarked together and immediately entered their armored SUV and drove across the tarmac, where they boarded Marine One, the presidential helicopter.
Marine One did not land at Mar-a-Lago, where a helipad was built last year for presidential travel. The president’s destination is unknown.
During his address to the nation after the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, the president said he would visit victims’ families and first responders. The White House would not confirm when he would make the visit.
Shortly after the motorcade drove from Air Force One, the president’s daughter, Tiffany Trump, and his 11-year-old son Barron, departed Air Force One together.
There were no supporters on the tarmac to greet the president, as there often are during the president’s arrival.