Russia investigation is to blame for Florida school shooting, says Trump
Fort lauderdale (AFP): Donald Trump is now taking aim at the FBI for this week’s deadly school shooting in Florida, claiming that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with Trump’s campaign prevented the agency from stopping the shooting.
Trump has generated widespread criticism for his response to the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 people dead. In the days after the shooting he appeared to place blame on the victims, saying students should have turned in the suspected shooter when he exhibited warning signs. At that point, reports had already indicated that a number of people had reported the suspect’s behavior to police.
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
Trump created even more controversy this weekend when he met with the police and medical responders who were first on the scene. Trump appeared to treat the event like one of his campaign rallies, and took a picture smiling and giving a thumbs-up.
As the Huffington Post noted, that photo drew a sharp reaction across social media, with critics calling it “tone deaf” and taking on Trump for appearing to make a solemn event into a promotional photo op. Trump later made the photo his banner image on Facebook.
US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs ahead of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 people were killed.
The FBI admitted Friday it received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the gunman Nikolas Cruz could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents failed to follow up.
But the attack, the 18th school shooting this year alone, has also renewed calls for greater gun control with several survivors leading the charge.
One of them, 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez delivered a fiery address to a crowd of students, parents and residents in Ft. Lauderdale.