White House scraps press briefing, citing Florida school shooting

White House scraps press briefing, citing Florida school shooting
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The White House canceled its daily press briefing on Wednesday, citing a shooting at a South Florida high school.

“In light of this tragedy there will not be a regularly scheduled briefing as previously announced,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “We will inform you as more information is available.”

The decision came after news broke Wednesday afternoon that a gunman injured multiple people at a school in Broward County, Fla. The suspect was still reportedly at large at the time of the White House's announcement.


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“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” Trump tweeted.

The briefing was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but was moved back to 3 p.m. and then 4 p.m. before being spiked as details of the school shooting emerged and the incident began to blanket national cable news.

The decision means Sanders will not answer questions on camera on Wednesday about the ongoing controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, as well as other issues of the day. 

President Obama on several occasions appeared in the White House briefing room to address mass shootings, including on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012 that left 20 students and six staff members dead.
The superintendent at the high school in Florida said Wednesday afternoon that there were multiple fatalities as a result of the shooting. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said that a suspect had been taken into custody.
Updated at 4:30 p.m.