President Obama addressed the massacre at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando last night from the White House briefing room Sunday afternoon. Obama said "we know enough to say this was an act of terror and hate," but qualified his comments saying, "we don't know the motivations of the killer."
PRESIDENT OBAMA: We as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder, horrific massacre, of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of orlando who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it's still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.
I just finished a meeting with the FBI director (James Comey) and my Homeland and National Security advisors. The FBI is on the scene and leading the investigation in partner with local law enforcement. I've directed that the full resources of the federal government be made available for this investigation. We are still learning all the facts. This is an open investigation.
We've reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism. And I've directed that we must spare no effort to determine what, if any, inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days we'll uncover how and why this happens and we'll go wherever the facts lead us.