WATCH: Trump Addresses The Nation Following Shootings In El Paso, Dayton

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Posted: Aug 04, 2019 6:25 PM
WATCH: Trump Addresses The Nation Following Shootings In El Paso, Dayton

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President Donald Trump on Sunday addressed the mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend. 

He took the opportunity to thank law enforcement for their efforts and preparation for such a tragic event. 

"My condolences to the people of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. They're incredible people and they've been through a lot," Trump said next to the First Lady outside at Morristown Airport in New Jersey.

"I just want to thank the law enforcement, in both places, the job they've done is incredible. I also want to congratulate them. No one could have done what they've done," Trump said. "This could have been, as bad as it was, much worse. I just want to thank them. The job they've done is incredible. In El Paso, they were there so quickly. And in Dayton, less than a minute."

"Think of the damage he did in such a short period of time, in less than a minute, and law enforcement acted and killed him and it would have been it would have been unbelievable. It was horrible but it could have been so much worse, it would have been so much worse," Trump said. 

He also condemned the hatred.

"Hate has no place in our country," he said. 

The president said he spoke with Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Chris Ray and Governors Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Mike DeWine (R-OH) about what actions to take next. 

According to Trump, a lot of moving parts are happening behind the scenes, especially between various law enforcement agencies and lawmakers.

"We have done much more than other administrations and it's not really talked about very much. We've done, actually, a lot, but perhaps more has to be done," he said. "But this is also a mental illness problem. If you look at both of these cases, this is mental illness. This is really people that are really, really seriously mentally ill."

Remember: days after the shooting in Parkland, President Trump came out in support of a nationwide bump stock ban, which eventually went into effect this past March.

Trump plans to release a statement Monday at 10 a.m. EST, at which point he will provide more information.