Trump says he is skipping golf to honor the Florida shooting victims: report

Trump says he is skipping golf to honor the Florida shooting victims: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate Dem introduces 'Stop STUPIDITY' act to end government shutdowns Tlaib: 'Right wing media is now targeting my little sister' Analyst says any deal involving amnesty would mean betrayal to Trump's base MORE reportedly skipped a day at the golf course on Saturday following the Florida school shooting that took place just miles from his Mar-a-Lago resort.

White House aides told Bloomberg that the decision not to golf was a show of respect for the victims and grieving families of the school shooting in Florida.

Trump traveled to Florida this weekend for Presidents Day, and visited recovering shooting victims in the hospital Friday night. He also thanked the medical staff who are caring for the recovering students.

“It’s sad something like that could happen,” he said, calling the doctors “incredible.”

The president and first lady also visited the first responders and law enforcement at the Broward County Sheriff’s office who responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

While there, he joked with the police officer who arrested Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected shooter who reportedly plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of premeditated murder. 

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“That was so modest, I would have told it much differently,” Trump said to the officer. “I would have said without me, they never would have found him."

He praised emergency responders for what he called a “record-setting” response to the shooting. 

“Incredible job and everybody is talking about it,” he said.

The president was harshly criticized on Twitter for sharing photos of himself giving a thumbs-up while visiting the hospital and first responders.

Trump regularly golfs when he stays in Florida at Mar-a-Lago, which is located about 40 miles from the high school, where a gunman killed 17 and injured at least 14 people on Wednesday. 

Saturday was the 127th day the president has spent at a Trump property while in office.