U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Orlando today in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history.
The shooting massacre at a gay club in Orlando Sunday morning is also the deadliest attack in the United Sates since 9/11.
49 people were killed, another 53 wounded.
Obama and Biden will meet with the families of victims and first responders in the Orlando community.
Obama is also expected to meet with Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican and supporter of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Scott has criticized Obama saying he has heard from Trump and former President George W. Bush but not directly from the President.
Obama has been very critical of Trump and his supporters within the GOP in recent days. Obama denounced Trump after the bombastic billionaire insinuated that the President sympathized with or even supported terrorists while also expanding his call for a temporarily ban on foreign Muslims from entering the U.S., even though the shooter in Orlando was an American.
Obama will speak publicly during his visit to “make clear that the country stands with the people of Orlando, stands with the LGBT community in Orlando, as they grieve for their loss,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
At Wednesday’s White House briefing, Earnest said “the profound sense of survivors’ guilt that some people are expressing is painful just to read and I think it is important for the President of the United States, on behalf of the country, to show his support for these families and for these individuals.”
The frequency with which Obama has had to give speeches like the one he gave on Sunday immediately after the shooting, and the one he will give Thursday in Orlando, have frustrated the President. Obama has called his inability to enact stricter gun laws in the U.S. the biggest frustration of his presidency.