Trump Blamed The Parkland Shooting On The Russia Investigation

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Trump claimed the FBI failed to stop the Florida school shooter because it was too busy on the Russia investigation.

In the aftermath of last month's school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump has tweeted numerous times about the incident - at times attempting to console the victims' families and at others tossing blame in various directions.

Immediately after the incident, Trump made the incident about himself, tweeting that perhaps the FBI would have caught 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz before the shooting if it had not been so intent on bringing down his administration.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. 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!"

Trump is not wrong that the FBI missed at least one opportunity to apprehend Cruz before he could walk into a Parkland, Florida high school and kill 17 people, but there is zero reason to believe resources were unavailable due to the Russia investigation.

On Friday, the FBI acknowledged that it received a tip on January 5 regarding the shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, but that protocol was not subsequently followed, and so the agency ultimately failed to follow up on the tip. The information, which was submitted by someone who knew Cruz and called an FBI tip line, specifically warned that Cruz owned guns, had a “desire to kill people,” and might become a school shooter. The FBI also received an additional warning in September that a YouTube user with the name “nikolas cruz” had left a comment saying he was “going to be a professional school shooter,” but agents were apparently unable to trace the comment back to anyone.

The notion that FBI agents were too busy investigating Russian interference in American elections to adequately handle the situation with Cruz has been floated among conservative media outlets - likely where the president picked it up. But the connection has no merit:

In response to the insinuation, one former FBI official told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Friday that, “I suppose the far-right is claiming the group of FBI agents on loan to Mueller’s team should have instead been assigned to the Jackson Field Office to look into this YouTube post, but it’s nonsensical.”

Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) called Trump a 'psychopath' in response to this tweet.

You are such a psychopath that you have to make even the death of 17 children about you. America will regret the day you were ever born.

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