President Trump on Saturday offered his “thoughts and prayers” to people affected by a shooting at a California synagogue earlier this morning that left at least one person dead and three injured.
Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California. God bless you all. Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019
Speaking to White House reporters, Trump said he believed the shooting to be a hate crime before claiming he was “doing some very heavy research” into the attack.
“My deepest sympathies go to the people that were affected, the families, the loved ones,” Trump said. “Obviously, it looks right now, based on my last conversations, looks like a hate crime. Hard to believe. Hard to believe. With respect to the synagogue in California, near San Diego, we’re doing some very heavy research, we’ll see what happens, what comes up. At this moment, it looks like a hate crime. But my deepest sympathies to all of those affected. And we’ll get to the bottom of it. It looks like the person was apprehended, no more danger. And law enforcement’s done a fantastic job.”
He also mentioned his upcoming Wisconsin rally, where according to Trump, supporters “have been lined up for a day already.”
Trump also mentioned his “very fast round of golf” with Abe, as well as a subsequent meeting where Japan “agreed to buy a tremendous amount of military equipment. I mean, they’re buying the best you can buy.”
“And again, my deepest sympathies to the people and families, everybody affected by the shooting at the synagogue in California,” Trump concluded, before getting into the Marine One helicopter.