Obama, Biden visit Orlando to meet victims of Pulse shooting
President Obama and Vice President Biden flew out of Orlando International Airport on Thursday, June 16 after meeting with victims of the Pulse massacre. Shana Medel, Central Florida Future
In the wake of the Pulse massacre, President Obama and Vice President Biden arrived in Orlando today at 12:45 p.m. to meet with survivors and victims’ families.
Obama and Biden disembarked Air Force One after landing at Orlando International Airport.
In addition to the press, Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs were at the airport.
Just four days after the worst mass shooting in American history, the president spoke privately with survivors at the Amway Center, located about 2 miles away from club.
After a series of emotional meetings, Obama renewed his call for more gun control, according to USA Today.
"Those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon," said Obama, according to USA Today. "The motives of this killer may have been different than the mass killers in Aurora, or Newtown. But the instruments of death were so similar. Now another 49 innocent people are dead. Another 53 are injured. Some are still fighting for their lives. Some will have wounds that will last a lifetime."
Obama and Biden departed from Orlando International Airport around 4:40 p.m.
Shana Medel is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Contact her at ShanaM@CentralFloridaFuture.com or follow her on Twitter @Medel_slm.