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UPDATE: Trump says he will visit Parkland, FL, site of high school mass shooting

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would visit Parkland, Florida, after America's latest deadly mass shooting left 17 dead at a high school there. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would visit Parkland, Florida, after America's latest deadly mass shooting left 17 dead at a high school there.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would visit Parkland, Fla., following America's latest deadly mass shooting, which left 17 dead at a high school there Wednesday.

"Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families," he said Thursday from the White House Diplomatic Room.

"No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school," Trump said. "No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them good-bye in the morning."

Trump also said he planned to visit Parkland to help coordinate the federal response, and would work to help the nation tackle "the difficult issue of mental health."

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Speaking directly to America's youth at one point during his remarks from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, Trump said, "You are never alone and never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you."

He made no reference to the issue of gun control.

The president added that the nation "must work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life" and "turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors."

Earlier Thursday morning, Trump said on Twitter there had been "so many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed," and that others must "always report such instances" of "bad and erratic behavior" to authorities.

It's not the first time the president has made a case for mental health treatment and awareness in the aftermath of a deadly shooting. He's also long been clear that he is skeptical of legislative solutions to address gun violence.

In November of last year, after a gunman opened fire and killed 26 people in a church during Sunday mass, Trump said the situation suggested "a mental health problem at the highest level." When asked about gun control by NBC News during an overseas press conference soon after that incident, Trump said it wasn't the right place or time to address the issue, adding that he believed such measures would have made "no difference" in that particular case.

During Trump's presidency, he has spoken in the aftermath of several shootings that have rocked the United States — including one at a congressional baseball team practice that badly injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and after America's deadliest mass shooting, which took place in October at a country music concert in Las Vegas.

Three of the 10 deadliest shootings in the United States have come in the last 5 months: Sutherland Springs, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Parkland, Florida. The five worst have all occurred since 2007, with three of those five in 2016 and 2017.

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