President Obama to meet with victims’ families, survivors of Orlando massacre


ORLANDO — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will offer solace and healing to a distraught community during a visit to Orlando on Thursday.

Even as the families of 49 victims prepare to bury their dead, it’s unclear exactly what led a 29-year-old Muslim born in New York to open fire in a gay nightclub, where he may have been a frequent patron, Sunday morning.

In Orlando, Obama plans to meet privately with families of the victims, as well as with the doctors, paramedics and other first responders who came to their aid. He is also expected to speak publicly during his visit.

The president is scheduled to arrive at Orlando International Airport at 12:30 p.m. and will depart back to Washington D.C. around 4:35 p.m.

The trip comes as the political world turns the shooting into a fresh excuse to fight about terrorism and gun control.

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