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Criticized earlier for silence, Trump tweets about Kentucky shooting

Students embraced following a prayer vigil for Marshall County High School students at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Students embraced following a prayer vigil for Marshall County High School students at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Paducah Sun / AP

President Donald Trump says he’s spoken with Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday, a day after a deadly shooting at Marshall County High School where two were killed and 18 were injured.

Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope, both 15, died. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the shootings.

“Earlier today, I spoke with @GovMattBevin of Kentucky regarding yesterday’s shooting at Marshall County High School,” Trump tweeted. “My thoughts and prayers are with Bailey Holt, Preston Cope, their families, and all of the wounded victims who are in recovery. We are with you!”

Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope, both 15, died. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the shootings.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump has directed the Department of Justice to “make the recent crime wave a top priority.”

Wednesday’s press briefing grew heated, Politico and others reported, when Sanders was asked what Trump has done to prevent further school shootings, “of which there have been 11 less than a month into 2018.” Not all were fatal.

Sanders disputed claims that the White House hasn’t acted after gun violence. She cited moves to curb violent crime, gang crime and drug crime.

“The president believes that all Americans deserve to be safe in their schools and in their communities,” she said.

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