President Barack Obama traveled to Orlando on Thursday to pay his respects to the victims of a deadly nightclub shooting that claimed 49 lives.
This was the president’s 10th visit to the scene of a mass shooting and Obama’s remarks mirrored that fact.
“Today, once again, as has been true too many times before, I held and hugged grieving family members and friends and they asked why does this keep happening. They pleaded that we do more to stop the carnage,” Obama said Thursday. “They don’t care about the politics. Neither do I. Niether does [Vice President] Joe [Biden].”
Read the rest of President Obama’s remarks in Orlando below:
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