'Incredible character': Trump praises first responders during Las Vegas visit

White House chides media ‘You have a responsibility to tell the truth

Again we are tested and again we will stay strong - together.

Sunday's shooting left Las Vegas a city in mourning.

The president then went to the nearby University Medical Center to meet privately with victims, family members, and medical professionals.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in the shaken Sin City three days after a sniper in a high-rise hotel room shot almost 600 people at a country music festival, killing at least 58.

The president's trip to Las Vegas follows his Tuesday visit to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico - a pair of back-to-back episodes that are testing his ability to unite and lift the USA in times of strife. The massacre, which left 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded, is the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

Paddock killed himself as police closed in, and investigators have so far said they do not know what motivated him. "And yeah they're learning a lot more".

Mr Trump previously denounced 64-year-old Paddock as a "sick, demented man" and vowed to look at him "very seriously".

Earlier in the week, just after the shooting, Trump offered somber remarks about the shooting from the White House on Monday, saying "our unity can not be shattered by evil, our bonds can not be broken by violence".

"We're going to see some of the folks that are recovering, some of the survivors", Trump said ahead of the trip.

However, there is mounting pressure that may bring Trump into the conversation, as gun control advocates and Democratic lawmakers press for change.

Although Trump has a history of support for gun control as a New Yorker, he modified his position when he ran as a Republican for president, promising to be a champion of the Second Amendment.

That stance represented a shift in the president's view.

The president gave an emotional speech honoring those who put their lives at risk to help others.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated her proposal to increase background checks and call on House Speaker Paul Ryan to create a select committee to find common ground on gun violence at a CNN town hall Wednesday.

When will you acknowledge the fact that gun laws, nationwide, are too lax and something must be done about it?

Whether he was a fan of Trump's or not before Wednesday, Gunderson certainly is now.

He said: "Perhaps that will come".



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