President Obama and Vice President Biden travel to Orlando Thursday to meet with the families of victims of the shooting attack that killed 49 people and wounded 53 more — and the medial professionals who tried to save them.
Obama will use the visit “to make clear that the country stands with the people of Orlando, stands with the LGBT community in Orlando as they grieve for their loss,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday. The shooting happened early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub that the FBI said was shooter Omar Mateen’s only target in the terror-inspired attack.
Some details of the president’s four-hour visit to Orlando have been released. Air Force One is scheduled to land in Orlando at 12:30 p.m. Obama and Biden will meet with the families of victims of the attacks at an as-yet-undisclosed location at 1:20 p.m.
Earnest said Obama would also meet with first responders and hospital workers “who acted heroically, courageously, and in some cases with disregard for their own safety, to try to save innocent lives.”