Donald Trump on Friday morning condemned the shootings of Dallas law enforcement officers Thursday night as well as the deaths of two black men who were killed by police in the previous days.
In light of the events, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee also canceled his expected trip to Miami, where he had reportedly planned to meet with Hispanic leaders.
In his first response to the shootings this week, Trump called for restoring “law and order” and “confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.”
“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,” Trump continued. “This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.”
He said now is a time for “strong leadership, love and compassion.” Trump also tweeted his condolences earlier Friday morning:
Hillary Clinton was scheduled to campaign with Vice President Biden and then hold a finance event in the Scranton, Pa., area Friday. She canceled those events, but is still expected to go to Philadelphia for the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church’s national convention, where she will likely address the recent shootings.
She tweeted her condolences on Friday morning:
The tweet followed several tweets and a statement Thursday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for the country to learn from “police officers demonstrating how to protect the public without resorting to unnecessary force.”
Bernie Sanders tweeted Friday morning calling the Dallas attacks “horrifying and despicable”:
We will continue to update with further comments or statements from the candidates.