Friday 14 December 2018

Florida school shooting: Trump urges FBI to 'get back to basics' after mishandling of tip-off

Donald Trump has criticised the FBI )Matt Cardy/PA)
Donald Trump has criticised the FBI )Matt Cardy/PA)
A student places a candle with other tributes during a vigil after Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people. Photo: Reuters. Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters
Joe Zevuloni mourns in front of a cross placed in a park to commemorate the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida. Photo: Reuters
Students are evacuated by police from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School after the massacre (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following a Parkland school shooting

Catherine Lucey

Donald Trump has lashed out at the FBI saying the agency "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign".

The president, posting on Twitter, wrote: "This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"

Gun control — The elephant in the room: Donald and Melania Trump speak with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel while visiting the Sheriff’s Office in Pompano Beach, Florida, last Friday — three days after a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby school. Photo: Getty Images
Gun control — The elephant in the room: Donald and Melania Trump speak with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel while visiting the Sheriff’s Office in Pompano Beach, Florida, last Friday — three days after a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby school. Photo: Getty Images

The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack.

But the agency said on Friday that agents failed to investigate the alleged attacker which killed 17.

The FBI's acknowledgment that it mishandled the tip prompted a sharp rebuke from its boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a call from Florida's Republican governor Rick Scott, an ally, for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

Mr Trump and other Republicans have heavily criticised the FBI.

Nikolas Cruz during his first court appearance (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Nikolas Cruz during his first court appearance (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

They are still dissatisfied with its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with crimes related to her use of a private email server, and they see signs of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

The Boston Globe's front page on Friday, February 16 - two days after the Florida school shooting
The Boston Globe's front page on Friday, February 16 - two days after the Florida school shooting
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, trauma surgeon at Broward Health North Hospital in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, trauma surgeon at Broward Health North Hospital in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
A student places a candle with other tributes during a vigil after Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people. Photo: Reuters. Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters
A student places a candle with other tributes during a vigil after Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people. Photo: Reuters. Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

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