Biden has ordered flags to be hoisted across state property and at U.S. embassies in memory of those killed in a shooting at a school in Uwalde, Texas.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden prepared to address the nation on Tuesday shortly after returning to the White House from a five-day trip to Asia that was booked by a “terrible” mass tragedy.
Biden ordered American flags to be lowered before sunset on Saturday in honor of the victims.
Vice President Kamala Harris said that people usually say at such moments: “our hearts are broken, but our hearts continue to be broken … and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of these families.”
“We must have the courage to take action … to ensure that something like this never happens again,” she said.
White House spokeswoman Caryn Jean-Pierre said Biden had been informed of the shooting by Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley-Dylan and other members of his top team aboard Air Force One.
Shortly before landing in Washington, Biden spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott from the presidential plane to “offer any help he needs after the horrific shooting in Uwald, Texas,” White House Director of Communications Kate Bid tweeted.