Axios.com/CNN President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Kellyann Conway on Monday said her boss’ “emotional reaction” to the mass shooting in Las Vegas was “absolutely understandable” given the horrific nature of the incident and the “very tragic” events unfolding in Las, Arizona.
Trump was “very emotional” about the mass shootings in Las and Arizona, Conway told reporters at the White House, and “was very angry about it.”
Conway said her client was “out of his mind” at the events and “is totally focused on being with her family.”
“She’s focused on doing everything that she can to keep her family safe,” she said.
Conway also said she hoped the president’s response would “give pause to our nation.”
“I know that there is a lot of work that still needs to be done to heal this country, and I think that the president can certainly be helpful in that effort,” she added.
Conways and the president met with the press corps at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where they held their first face-to-face meeting as president and first lady since January 1.
The White House declined to provide a transcript of Conway’s remarks, citing the president and his lawyers’ request.
In a written statement, Conway said her thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Las Vegas shooting and “with the loved ones of those killed and wounded in the attack in Las.”
“It’s been a very difficult week for the people of Las Vegas and for the nation, and we will be doing everything in our power to help,” Conway said.
“I hope the president will do the same.”
Conways said she and Trump spoke “in a respectful, professional manner,” and that Trump “reiterated his strong support” for the law enforcement and First Lady teams responding to the shooting.
“I think that he was very emotional and very angry and very focused on his family, on his loved ones, and on the lives of the people that were killed in Las,” she continued.
“That’s his emotion.”
The president’s personal attorney, Alan Garten, also spoke to reporters.
Garten said Conway’s “very personal experience with what happened” in Las was “not uncommon” for her.
He said Conway had been in contact with the president on the morning of the shooting and was in touch with Trump’s chief of staff and chief of police.
“We had a very private conversation about what happened in Las as it relates to the president,” Garten said.
“This is a terrible tragedy, and as it pertains to the people and the families affected, it’s a very personal experience that is not common for her,” Gartens statement said.
The Las Vegas attack came after a weekend of violent protests in the United States, with protests in cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as demonstrations in Nevada, Arizona and Texas.
On Sunday, protesters took to the streets of Portland, Oregon, to protest against the death of a black man in police custody.
Protesters set fire to police vehicles and clashed with officers, with one protester reportedly fatally shot.
In Chicago, protesters clashed with police in a riot that left five officers wounded.