UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: After returning from visiting the victims and their familes, President Trump tweeted about the Parkland shooting late Friday. His tweet included photos from his visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach along with first lady Melania.
Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage! https://t.co/3yJsrebZMG pic.twitter.com/ti791dENTy— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
UPDATE 9:14 p.m.: The president and first lady meet with first-responders and Broward County Sheriff officers.
UPDATE 8:17 p.m.: Florida Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel join the president during a press conference tonight.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott said he planned to meet with state lawmakers next week to talk about the shooting.
He said he would focus on two things: keeping children safe at school and preventing people with mental illness from touching a gun.
“The violence has to stop,” Scott said. “We cannot lose another child in this country to violence in schools.
The president has made no mention of gun control during his five minute address to the nation after the shooting.
He did promise to tackle the issue of school safety and “the difficult issue of mental health.”
UPDATE 7:24 p.m.: The president and first lady are headed to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where they will meet with first responders.
UPDATE 7:21 p.m.: The president and first lady spent more than 30 minutes at the hospital, where seven victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are recovering.
The president told reporters it was “very sad that something like this could happen but the job the doctors did and the nurses, the hosptial, first responders, law enforcement - really incredibile.”
Deijon Morrison, a patient observation specialist, said Trump visited the third floor, where trauma patients are mainly kept. That floor and the doctors' lobby was blocked from access.
Hospital personnel were alerted of the visit yesterday, Morrison said.
"I mean I'm happy he visited the patients," he said.
The president smiled and waved to police and media as he left the hospital parking lot, after a half-hour visit.
UPDATE 7:06 p.m.:
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.:President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited recovering victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on Friday.
Trump made the unannounced visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach shortly after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport for a three-day weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.
Air Force One arrived about 5:30 p.m. with Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio accompanying the president. Rather than making the customary short eastward trip to Mar-a-Lago, the presidential motorcade headed west on Southern Boulevard and south on Florida’s Turnpike to Broward County.
ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump landed at Palm Beach International Airport about 5:30 p.m. tonight.
The couple disembarked together and immediately got into their armored SUV and drove off. The motorcade did not head towards Mar-a-Lago, as it usually does. The president’s destination is not known.
However, the president could be headed to visit victims of the Parkland school shooting.
During his address to the nation after the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Unlike, the president said he would visit victims’ families and first responders. The White House would not confirm when he would make the visit.
Shortly after the motorcade drove from Air Force One, the president’s daughter, Tiffany Trump, and his 11-year-old son Barron, departed Air Force One together.
There were no supporters on the tarmac to greet the president, as there often are during the president’s arrival.