Thursday night in Dallas, as protesters marched, several people opened fire on police officers, killing five and leaving seven in the hospital. The shooting is believed to be the deadliest day for law enforcement officers since 9/11.
In the aftermath, the nation’s leaders have weighed in with their thoughts. Here’s what they’ve had to say:
President Barack Obama is currently in Warsaw for a meeting with NATO, so for the second time in less than twelve hours he had to make a statement on a senseless act of violence.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 8, 2016
“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” Obama said. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”
So far, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has only tweeted the following:
I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 8, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a statement from the House floor.
“We are all stunned by the events last night in Dallas,” he said. “An attack on the people who protect us is an attack on all of us.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted and issued a statement on his website.
Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2016
“We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street,” his statement reads. “The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.”
The statement closes: “This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion.”