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  President Trump on Florida School Shooting  CSPAN  February 15, 2018 12:08pm-12:20pm EST

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vietnam war. >> my grandfather served in world war i. my father served in world war ii. always for a black man. whenever you served, it was your military service you hope would confirm your bona fides as a first-class, red-blooded american citizen entitled to. >> at 4:00 p.m. on real america, with the cpac conference in washington, d.c. next week, we look back to 1988 when president reagan spoke at a cpac dinner. >> the american people know what limited government, tax cuts, deregulation, and the move toward privatization have meant. it's meant the largest peacetime expansion in our history. and i can guarantee you they won't want to throw that away from a return to budgets behold on to the liberal special
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interests. >> watch american history tv every weekend on c-span3. the flag at half staff at the u.s. capitol in memory of the 17 students and others killed at the high school in parkland, florida, yesterday. the senate a moment ago in the house as well observing a moment of silence in observation of that. coming up in just a bit, we are going to take you live to a news conference on capitol hill with a bipartisan group of senators who have been working on immigration. theirs is one of four proposals being considered by the senate today. you can follow that senate debate, of course, on c-span2. we'll have that briefing live here on c-span in just a few minutes. as we wait for that, we'll bring you the comments from president trump within the hour on the shooting in florida.
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>> my fellow americans, today i speak to a nation in grief. yesterday a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil. around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at marjory stoneman douglas high school, a great and safe community. there, a shooter who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and
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teachers. he murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others. our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families. to every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you, whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. we are all joined together as one american family. and your suffering is our burden also. no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an american school. no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them
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good-bye in the morning. each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them, a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world. and each one had a family to whom they metropolitan everythi -- meant everything in the world. today we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. we comfort the grieving and the wounded. and we hurt for the entire community of parkland, florida, that is now in shock and pain and searching for answers. to law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face
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of danger, we thank you for your courage. soon after the shooter, i spoke with governor scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. i also spoke with florida attorney general pam bondy and broward county sheriff scott israel. i'm making plans to visit parkland to meet with families and local officials and to continue coordinating the federal response. in these moments of heart ache and darkness, we hold on to god's word in scripture. i have heard your prayer and seen your tears, i will heal you. we trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow americans and their time of
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sorrow. i want to speak now directly to america's children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused, or even scared. i want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. you have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. if you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. answer hate with love. answer cruelty with kindness. we must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and
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neighbors. our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. we are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. later this month, i will be meeting with the nation's governors and attorney generals. we're making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. it is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. we must actually make that difference. in times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. these bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil,
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and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need. and so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close. let us pray for healing and for peace. and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow. thank you and god bless you all. thank you very much. >> that's president trump from about an hour ago. here on c-span3, we're live now at the senate radio and studio on capitol hill. waiting to hear from a couple senators who are part of the so-called common sense coalition on immigration. theirs is one of four proposals being considered, as the senate has taken up immigration policy
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debate this week, and a measure that the white house just issued a veto threat on. that came out in a statement from sara sanders. this after the department of homeland security expressing its opposition to the measure. republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina on the dhs opposing that says that it seems as if dhs is intent on acting less like a partner and more like an adversary, the comments from the south carolina senator. the president also weighing in on immigration more broadly this morning on twitter, saying that while the republicans and democrats in congress are working hard to come up with a solution to daca, they should be strongly considering a system of merit-based immigration so that we'll have the people ready, willing, and able to help all of those companies moving into the u.s. we will hear from a couple of those senators, part of that bipartisan coalition, next here
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on c-span3. the debate on immigration continuing on the senate floor with four measures, as we mentioned, under consideration. you can follow the senate debate on c-span2.
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>> nice to have such a good group. turn off your phone. >> come on in. >> i'm going to stand with the vertically