Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip


UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "This is not acceptable," he said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"

The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack. But the agency said Friday that agents failed to investigate. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

Trump later continued his Twitter tirade against the investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, claiming that the only collusion was between Russia and his oponent, Hillary Clinton.

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UPDATE 9:57 p.m.: Wyonna Judd is performing tonight at Mar-a-Lago.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: According to an Instagram post, among the guests at the fundraiser for Orphan’s Promise at Mar-a-Lago tonight is Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist and motivational speaker who was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs.

Orphan’s  Promise is a children’s ministry affiliated with the Christian Broadcasting Network, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson - a Trump supporter.

PHOTOS: Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago on President's Day weekend, Feb. 16-19, 2018

The group decided to host its first inaugural fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago after 25 other groups cancelled in the wake of the president’s comments about a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead.

The group said several major donors who are Trump supporters wanted the event at the president’s private club. 

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The flag flew at half-mast today at Mar-a-Lago,  as seen this Instagram post. The president signed a proclamation after the Parkland shooting ordering flags at government buildings to be flown at half mast in honor of the victims killed in the school shooting.

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: The president Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson Saturday afternoon to express condolences and offer support to the students, families and community. 

A tweet the president posted at 6:45 p.m. includes the first mention of gun control since the shooting.

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In the span of 45 minutes on Saturday afternoon, the president posted five tweets about the Russians - claiming the indictments prove there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians and that the efforts did not sway the election. In two tweets, the president re-tweeted Rob Goldman, the vice president of Facebook ads.

UPDATE 3:02 p.m.: Despite the cloudless skies and 80-degree temperature, the president did not golf today. Instead, he sent out a string of tweets Saturday afternoon starting with one about the “incredible people” he met in Broward County

Then, 15 minutes later, the president started taking about the Russian indictments and the 2016 election. He finished with a swipe at the “fake news media.”

First lady Melania Trump also tweeted today,  opting to recognize the “power of kindness” instead of politics.

Original Story: In a tweet posted from Mar-a-Lago shortly before midnight, President Donald Trump released photos of his visits on Friday evening with a victim of the Parkland shooting and the doctors, nurses and first-responders who cared for victims.

» PHOTOS, TRANSCRIPT: Trump, Melania, Rubio, Scott Meet First Responders

The president has no official events today and appears to have no activities planned outside Mar-a-Lago. He is expected to attend a fundraiser tonight at Mar-a-Lago hosted by Orphan’s Promise, a children’s charity affiliated with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

The network was founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, host of the 700 Club and and a supporter of the president.

The charity is among a handful of groups with devoted Trump supporters who decided to host fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago after more than 20 groups cancelled events there in response to the president’s comments about violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left on women dead.


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