Snapshots: Clinton, Trump share views on Fla. shooting

Washington — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton adjusted their presidential politicking Sunday, first offering prayers and support to the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. But they both infused their sympathy with statements that favor their presidential aspirations, and the presidential race rolled on.

The presumptive candidates made their statements hours after a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, pushed for gun control and reached out to a key constituency — gays and lesbians.

“The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them,” she said in a statement, adding a call to keep assault weapons out of the hands of “terrorists or other violent criminals.”

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, also offered words of support. But then he tweeted that he had been “right” about Islamic extremism and went after President Barack Obama. As Obama stepped to the podium in Washington to address the nation, Trump tweeted:

“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”

Sanders to meet with Clinton Tuesday

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday he won’t endorse Hillary Clinton for president until they meet and he measures her commitment to battling Wall Street, wealth inequality and other priorities that powered his rogue presidential campaign.

“I look forward to sitting down with Secretary Clinton and see what kind of platform she is going to support and how aggressive she is going to be,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Dependent on how Secretary Clinton comes down on many of these major issues will determine how closely we can work with her.”

Sanders’ remarks were the first indication that the two Democrats planned to “chat” Tuesday evening after votes in the District of Columbia, the final Democratic presidential primary.

Defeating presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump remains his first priority, Sanders said, leaving open the prospect of pursuing that goal at some point at Clinton’s side.