Donald Trump has called off his two Friday campaign events in Miami in the wake of deadly sniper killings of Dallas police officers, his campaign said.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee planned to hold a roundtable lunch at Versailles Cuban restaurant with high-profile supporters, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. It would have been Rubio’s first campaign event alongside Trump, his former rival.
Trump also canceled a speech at the DoubleTree Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center . Both events were intended to introduce Trump in more intimate settings than rallies to local Hispanic politicians, business people and pastors who might be willing to back his candidacy.
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In a lengthy statement, Trump denounced the “execution-style shootings” as “a coordinated, premeditate assault on the men and women who keep us safe.”
“We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes on the street,” he said.
Then he acknowledged why police were on the street: guarding a peaceful protest of the killings of two black men by police.
“The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done,” Trump said. “Our nation has become too divided.”
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was scheduled to campaign in Pennsylvania with Vice President Joe Biden, postponed her event, also citing the Dallas shootings.
Snipers opened fire on a peaceful protest Thursday night, killing five police officers and wounding seven others. Two civilians were also hurt.
President Barack Obama, speaking from Warsaw, Poland, called the killings a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement.”
In a statement, Gov. Scott said he is “heartbroken.”
“The violence displayed against Dallas law enforcement was a senseless and cowardly act that has no place in our country,” he said. “Just as Texas stood with Florida following the Orlando terror attack last month, Florida will stand with Texas during this unfathomably difficult time.”