The true character of a leader is often revealed during terror and tragedy. There was unfortunately plenty of both in Las Vegas overnight, but President Donald Trump’s message to law enforcement has provided a glimmer of optimism on a very dark day.
Late Sunday night, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from a high vantage point in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. In the chaos, at least 58 people were killed and hundreds were wounded.
The president has made several statements since the tragic event unfolded, but one of the most candid was a phone call to Las Vegas Metro Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Trump’s call was captured by another cell phone, and a video clip of his message was shared by the city of Las Vegas.
“The fast response that you gave, saved hundreds of additional people from being killed,” Trump told Sheriff Lombardo directly.