WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama’s visit to Orlando on Thursday is about offering comfort and support to a community that’s grieving.
Spokesman Josh Earnest says many details about the president’s trip are still being worked out, but Obama will meet with and offer condolences to the families of those who were killed and will seek to comfort those who survived.
Earnest tells reporters at Wednesday’s press briefing that the president will also meet with first responders, doctors and nurses who acted heroically to try and save innocent lives. He says their efforts were successful in saving dozens of people, and the president wants to thank them personally.
Earnest says the trip will be an emotional one for Obama and that he will speak publicly about the experience.