Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump criticises Federal Bureau of Investigation over Florida shooting

Donald Trump criticises Federal Bureau of Investigation over Florida shooting

On Friday, America's top law enforcement agency admitted that it failed to act on information that alleged Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz had a "desire to kill people", had written a series of alarming social media posts and had access to a gun.

That tip should have been "assessed as a potential threat to life" and forwarded to the bureau's Miami field office for investigation, but "these protocols were not followed", the FBI said.

A student survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump today over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, in a poignant address to an anti-gun rally in Florida.

Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting who hope to become the face of a revived gun control movement are on a potential collision course with President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump said it was "not acceptable" that the FBI missed signs the Florida school shooter was going to attack, slamming the agency for "spending too much time" focusing on the Russian collusion investigation. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!'

"Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn't going to cut it", Mr Scott said.

Trump isn't the first to suggest the freaky theory - prominent far-right Twitter users have speculated for several days that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was too busy undermining Trump to follow up on investigating potential threats.

A protester raises the question motivating the latest push to end Americans’ love affair with firearms
A protester raises the question motivating the latest push to end Americans’ love affair with firearms

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News he met with sheriffs after the shooting, who said officials need to do a better job of following up on warning signs.

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" she thundered, assailing Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby.

"If you can't buy a handgun or a bottle of beer, you shouldn't be able to buy an AR-15", Ms. Feinstein said. You're either funding the killers, or you're standing with the children. Nikolas Cruz, 19, who was apprehended shortly after the shooting, has confessed to the killings. But how were we supposed to know what would happen?

But he only spent about 35 minutes at the Broward North Health hospital, and he directed much of his attention congratulating the first responders.

Trump is to spend the long President's Day weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, about 55 kilometers from Parkland.

Critics suggested the use of the images, all of which show the President grinning from ear-to-ear or giving the "thumbs up", undermined the gravity of the situation, especially in light of the U.S. government's ongoing refusal to address or change gun control laws.

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The woman's lawyer, Emma Salerno, told the newspaper her client's only goal was to see Mr Joyce held accountable for his actions. Mr Turnbull, who is visiting the United States, insisted that relations between his party and the Nationals remained strong.

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