Trump on Vegas Shootings: 'We Pray for The Day When Evil is Banished’

By Melanie Arter | October 2, 2017 | 11:14am EDT
President Donald Trump (Screenshot of White House video)

( – President Donald Trump on Monday reacted to the Las Vegas shooting, calling it “an act of pure evil” and praising the first responders for their quick action.

“I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many,” the president said.

“The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about,” he said.


The president has ordered the flag to be flown at half staff in memory of the fallen. He also plans to visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and victims’ families.

“Melania and I are praying for every American, who has been hurt, wounded or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear,” he said.

“Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery and pledge to you our support from this day forward,” Trump said.

“We call upon the bonds that unite us: our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity,” he said.

“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever,” the president said.

“In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy, but we take solace, knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope,” Trump said.

Fifty people have died so far and over 400 were injured in the attack on concertgoers at a Jason Aldean concert Sunday night.

The president issued a presidential proclamation, ordering all U.S. flags flown at half staff “at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 6, 2017.”

“I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations,” the president wrote in his proclamation.

“Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night's horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort and relief to all those suffering,” he wrote.

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