President Donald Trump said Friday he’s traveling to Florida “to meet with some of the bravest people on earth.”
Trump tweeted that he will meet with people “whose lives have been totally shattered,” but did not elaborate on his plans. White House officials have not said when he would meet with those affected by the tragedy or whether he would travel to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
He had already been slated to travel to Florida to spend the weekend at his Palm Beach estate, which is about 40 miles from Parkland.
In Florida, parents and a number of students are demanding action in addition to customer offers of thoughts and prayers. More than 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night near the school, and at one point some began chanting, “No more gun! No more guns!”
Lori Alhadeff’s 14-year-old daughter Alyssa was killed and invoked the president’s 11-year-old son, Barron, as she angrily called for help.
“President Trump, Barron goes to school. Let’s protect Barron. And let’s also protect all these other kids,” she said on CNN, her voice raising to a shout. “You need to help us, now. We need security now for all these children. We need action, action, action!”