Donald Trump Responds to Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting

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Donald Trump has issued a short response to the shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport. (Getty)

President-elect Donald Trump has issued a brief statement on the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport on Twitter. Trump, whose election as President was also confirmed by Congress in Washington Friday, said that he has already spoken to Florida Governor Rick Scott about the situation. Officials have confirmed that five people were killed and eight others injured.

“Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe,” Trump wrote. Trump has yet to issue a longer statement. He had a meeting with leaders of the intelligence community during the day.

Scott also commented on Twitter, writing that traveled to Ft. Lauderdale to speak with law enforcement. The Palm Beach Post reports that Scott also called Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence to discuss the shooting at 2:20 p.m. ET. Scott’s office has not said if he spoke with President Barack Obama yet.

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People rush from the airport terminal at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. (Getty)

Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that the shooter was identified as Esteban Santiago. Nelson also said that Santiago was carrying a military ID.

The Miami Herald reports that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said that the shooter killed five people and injured eight others before he was arrested.

Witnesses have posted graphic video of victims shot at baggage claim at Terminal 2. NBCMiami reports that Froward County Sheriff’s Office said they got a call about the shooting at around 12:55 p.m. ET.

Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary, was at the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted about it. “I’m at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running,” he wrote. “The police said there is one shooter and five victims.”

There were reports of gunshots at a parking garage, which police cleared out. Passengers fled the scene across the tarmac. However, this second incident has yet to be confirmed as a shooting, according to Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief.

Sharief later told Fox News that there are no signs of a second shooter. During a press conference, officials confirmed that there was not a shooting at terminal 1. There was only one shooting incident at the airport. The airport director also said that arriving planes that already arrived on the tarmac might have to fly to another city’s airport, where passengers can get off.

The airport administration tweeted that the airport has been closed and will be “for an extended period of time.”

This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated.

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Really?? What has obama responded to?? This is all his doing. I’m sure he played golf somewhere after this…he is a pathetic excuse for our president.


Obama responded the last 8 years by not sending 1 more soldier than absolutely necessary to clean up wars he did not start. I respect him for not using our young peoplr to flex his muscles or prove a point. We can only pray our next president gives our youth the same consideration.


What is wrong with you? How is this Obama’s doing? You are part of the problem in this country.


Yawl need to get over your bull manure attitudes about the Presiden because at this point you’re just pathetic. Furthremore,.if anyone fueled this fire it was the Latino hating idiot Trump with his big, ugly racist mouth but regardless, it’s still the doing of Santiago.


You do know Trump never tweeted anything. the twee in question was posted by his staff.


Your pathetic for using the tragedy like this for your political grandstanding had nothing to do with Trump the guy was a sick bastard. As for the moron that mentioned that Obama had not and sent us off to any wars no he helped turn Libya into another Somalia as well as pulled us out too soon of Iraq therefore causing the current crisis that we have over there in the Middle East.


He had no choice but to pull out, It was one of the “gifts” Bush left him, along with 2 unfinished wars.They didn’t want us there THEN. Screw the Mideast. Why should our young people go fight for oeople that don’t like us, don’t care about us and just want our American dream.

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