President Donald Trump pumps his fists after arriving at Luis Muniz Air National Guard Base to survey hurricane damage and recovery efforts, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON: As the death toll from the shooting in Las Vegas rapidly rose, White House officials urged U.S. President Donald Trump to show restraint in his response: No speculative tweets, please.Some around the president were encouraged to hear him connecting to the tragedy on a personal level – talking about his property and calling friends in Las Vegas, in a sign he was taking in the impact of the event.The anxious counsel from his aides as Trump prepared to react to the mass shooting was a reminder of Trump's troubled track record in such delicate moments. Trump often has had difficulty embracing a central role of the American presidency: consoling people dealing with grief, regardless of their political affiliation or support for the White House's agenda. It's a quality rarely debated or analyzed during a campaign, yet one that can shape the way people view the success of their president.Trump, however, complained about the U.S. territory's debt and became fixated on the criticism from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, according to three White House officials and outside allies.Kelly and other aides scripted out a more measured response for the president after the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead.
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