Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump canceled campaign events Friday, citing the Dallas sniper killings of five police officers.
Trump in a statement called the incident “an attack on our country” that requires a restoration of “law and order.”
Clinton on Twitter said she mourns “for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them.”
Clinton’s campaign said it would reschedule a stop she had planned with Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania—her first 2016 election appearance with the vice president. Clinton is also postponing a fundraiser she had planned to hold in that city, said a campaign official who asked not to be named. She still plans to speak at a church convention in Philadelphia on Friday, the official said.
Trump had been set to travel to Miami for an afternoon speech.
President Barack Obama, in Warsaw for a NATO summit, on Friday decried the “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.” The president said that while the motivations of the suspects were not yet known, there was “no possible justification for these kind of attacks.”
Obama said Americans would have to consider the realities that came with the availability of “powerful weapons,” a nod to his standing desire for additional gun controls.
Trump in his statement also responded to the fatal shootings of two black men by police in other states prior to the Dallas killings, incidents that had already drawn the condemnation of Clinton and other leaders.
“The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done,” Trump said.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Friday one suspect in that attack said he was upset over the recent police shootings of black men and wanted to kill white people, the Associated Press reported.
—With assistance from Jennifer Epstein, Justin Sink, and Toluse Olorunnipa.