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Trump: Saudi King Offers Sympathies Over Florida Naval Station Attack in Phone Call

© Melissa NelsonIn this Jan. 29, 2016 photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla.
In this Jan. 29, 2016 photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. - Sputnik International
US President Donald Trump revealed Friday that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud offered his sympathies in a recent phone call following the news that the shooter of the Florida naval station attack was a Saudi aviation trainee.

Trump stated in a mid-Friday tweet that King Salman had indicated that the incident "in no way shape or form" represents Saudi nationals.

"King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida," reads the tweet.

"The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people."

The remarks come moments after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed that the individual suspected of carrying out the shooting at the Sunshine State's Naval Air Station Pensacola was a Saudi national who arrived at the base to train in aviation. Officials have noted that the base often hosts hundreds of international students interested in training on the grounds.

Hours after Trump's tweet was published, the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, issued a statement indicating that King Salman had ordered his nation's security services to cooperate with American counterparts for the duration of the investigation into the shooting. 

Authorities have indicated that the shooting began early Friday morning, and that it was eventually stopped by two sheriff's deputies before 8 a.m. Central Standard Time. The shooting unfolded inside a classroom and covered two floors of the building. The incident ended with four individuals dead, including the shooter. Seven others were injured.

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