Following two tragic mass shootings over the weekend President Trump gave a speech from the White House on Monday to address the tragedies.
During the speech, President Trump condemned ‘white supremacy’ while uring action on mental health and gun reforms.
According to Fox News:
President Trump called Monday for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws — including so-called “red flag laws” to take guns from those deemed a public risk — in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend that left at least 29 people dead.
In unequivocal terms, the president also condemned white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said, in solemn remarks from the White House, standing beside Vice President Pence. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.”
The president notably did not call for explicit changes to gun laws beyond red flag laws, despite tweeting earlier Monday morning about the possibility of linking background check legislation to immigration reform. However, he said he is open and ready to listen to ideas “that will actually work.”
President Trump has also directed the Justice Department to propose legislation to expedite the death penalty process for criminals who commit these type of crimes.