President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Americans to stay united and not let division divide us.
Trump, speaking at a rally in Orlando, Florida, said the country needs a “strong, united voice” to fight the growing threat of “radical Islamic terrorism.”
He also praised law enforcement officers for keeping the public safe and urged the public to be vigilant in the face of violent attacks.
Trump called for a “very tough but fair” approach to the country’s growing problems.
“We need a strong, united voices to fight this dangerous threat,” Trump said, referring to the terrorist attacks in Orlando and San Bernardino, California.
“We need an army of Americans, people that love our country and want to protect it, not a small army of terrorists.”
“We can’t go on like this, we can’t be divided.
We have to fight,” he said.”
America is strong, and we will be strong together.
We will never stop fighting, we will never rest until we have all our rights protected, no matter who we are or where we are from,” he added.
The president, speaking from the stage in Orlando on Saturday, said Americans have been united “for a long time” and that he is “heartened” by the support.
“You are our friends, your neighbors, your brothers and sisters.
We all love you,” Trump continued.
“That’s why I ask for your prayers, and I ask all Americans to join us.
Let’s go fight this common enemy together.”
The Orlando shooting is the latest in a string of high-profile killings of police officers, including in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last year.
The Orlando shooter killed himself before he could be arrested.
Police said Friday night that the man who opened fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 had been a police officer for five years.
Police later identified the gunman as 26-year-old Omar Mateen, who was born in New York.
He had been on a police force in the Orlando area for nearly five years, according to police.
The FBI said Mateen had been married three times.