February 15, 2018 / 2:21 PM / 9 months ago

Trump to make national address after Florida school shooting: spokeswoman

A person pauses to look at the American flag after it was lowered to half staff following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, FL, above the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/ Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a national address at 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) on Thursday, a White House spokeswoman said, about a massacre at a Florida high school on Wednesday in which a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people in one of the country’s deadliest school shootings.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump wrote in a Twitter post: “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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