Donald Trump
October 3, 2017

Donald Trump criticised after Las Vegas shooting

Twitter users accuse US president of double standard over his reaction to deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker
Sunday's attack is the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 1949 [David Becker/Getty Images]
Sunday’s attack is the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 1949 [David Becker/Getty Images]

US President Donald Trump has been criticised on social media over his reaction to the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s modern history.

At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 others injured on Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The attacker, named by police as Stephen Paddock, was found dead in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, from where he is believed to have carried out the attack.

In a televised speech on Monday, Trump expressed his “warmest condolences”, calling the attack “an act of pure evil”.

READ MORE: Las Vegas Mandala Bay shooting: What, where and who?

He also praised local law enforcement for their rapid response to the shooting.

Trump’s first reaction came hours after the mass shooting took place, when he tweeted that the attack was a “terrible” tragedy.

Many on social media felt Trump’s reaction on Twitter, and later during his speech was too little, too late.

CONVERSATIONS