President Obama was prescient in his remarks.
President Obama's remarks on the Orlando massacre included an admonishment for Americans
The President's remarks on the mass shooting in Orlando Florida. The president said the mass shooting was an act of terrorism and an act of hate. He admonished the country about its gun policies.
Earlier today local elected officials and law enforcement officials conducted a news conference. They said that at least fifty people died in the gay club. They were murdered by Omar Mateen, an American citizen. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Omar Mateen, the murderer, was killed.
Statement from Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
The President was briefed this morning by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims. The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community.
Statement from Vice President Joe Biden's spokesperson:
The Vice President was briefed this morning by his national security advisor on the heinous attack that took place overnight at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Vice President Biden offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting and sends his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims. He is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to receive regular updates as we know more.