President Trump to Las Vegas: 'We stand together to help you carry your pain'
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
President Donald Trump told the Las Vegas community that the nation stands with them as it copes with the mass shooting on the Strip.
Trump, along with first lady Melania Trump, was in Las Vegas for about four hours to honor victims and heroes.
For his young presidency, this could be one of the most important flights Trump has made.
His job today was consoler-in-chief for a city still reeling from the worst mass shooting in American history.
On board Air Force One with the president was Nevada Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller.
“I've been asked how this valley is going to heal after a horrific event like that,” Heller said. “It all begins at the top with the President of the United States.”
The president's first stop was UMC. On the night of the shooting, its emergency room was flooded with 104 patients. Trump met with victims and thanked the doctors and nurses who saved them.
"It makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job that they've (medical professionals) done,” Trump said. “And people that would not be around today, they are up there and they'll be leaving the hospital in a week or two weeks or five weeks.”
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From UMC, the president headed to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, populated with first responders from all over the valley who swung into action Sunday night.
Trump paid tribute to the men and women who wear badges, drive firetrucks and ambulances who stopped a horrible tragedy from getting even worse.
"In the depths of horror, we will always find hope in the men and women who risk their lives for ours," Trump said.
“I am so proud I was born and raised in this community, and the people have turned out,” said U.S. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada. “They have just seen this and responded. I mean, you name it: Everybody has turned out. So proud.”
Among the first responders who saw the President at Metro was Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Tye.
“It was very humbling. I was extremely proud that he came out personally to talk to us,” Tye said.
It was short visit — but a necessary one — for a city healing and knowing it is not alone.
Democrats have said the massacre must revive talk about how to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, says she plans to introduce legislation outlawing the type of gun stock the shooter used which allowed him to fire hundreds of rounds at least into the crowd.