Donald Trump on Friday morning offered “prayers and condolences” following a deadly shooting of police officers in Dallas the night before.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee reached out to “all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country” after five officers were killed and seven wounded Thursday night.
Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2016
Two civilians were also shot, according to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Police said they had taken several suspects into custody after a shootout with someone with a long rifle.
President Obama, speaking at a NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, denounced the attacks on law enforcement as “vicious, calculated and despicable,” saying Americans were “horrified.”
The ambush-style attack came during what was described as otherwise-peaceful protests in the city over fatal police-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Several major cities, including Washington, D.C., saw protests Thursday evening over the police-involved deaths this week of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
Trump later said in a statement that the police shootings were “a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.”
“We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street,” he said.
He also seemed to weigh into the deaths of Castile and Sterling. Castile died after being shot inside his car at a traffic stop, the aftermath of which was streamed online by his fiancee. Sterling was pinned to the ground by police near a car and fatally shot.
“The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done,” Trump said.
“This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day,” he said.
Trump also canceled a campaign trip to Miami where he had a lunch and speech scheduled.
“Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children,” Trump continued in his statement.
“This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies,” he added.
Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, also offered her condolences after the shooting:
I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 8, 2016
“Congress can have a sober conversation on this,” Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” when asked about the shootings involving police use of force.
“My fear is that any time something this major happens that people retreat to their corners,” Hurd said of the lawmaker response. He called for unity in the wake of the Dallas shootings.
“We need to follow the example of the community in Dallas and actually work together and try to find the solutions together,” he said.
Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas), who represents the Fort Worth area, said the shooting “appears to be a vicious and calculated attack on our law enforcement community.”
Veasey added in a statement, “we must remember that violence of any kind does not solve violence against another community. The loss of one life to gun violence should be treated as a tragedy.”
Headline: Western Journalism