President Donald Trump said Friday that the fatal mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper "shocked the conscience of the nation and filled our hearts with grief."
President Trump, who has called the news media “the enemy of the American people” in the past, broke his rhetoric to grieve with the families and colleagues of those affected.
"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job," Trump said Friday before talking about tax reform.
"To the families, there are no words to express our sorrow for your loss."
Trump said the shooting was a "horrible, horrible event."
"My government will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life."
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He took to Twitter on Thursday to thank first responders at the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. His tweet read:
"Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene."