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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders choked up on Monday while reading a statement about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“What these people did for each other says far more about who we are as Americans than the cowardly acts of a killer ever could,” Sanders said during the White House daily press briefing.
“The memory of those who displayed the ultimate expression of love in the midst of an unimaginable act of hate will never fade,” she said.
Sanders faced questions during the briefing with reporters on potential policy responses to the shooting.
Though President Donald Trump is oftentimes known for his willingness to wade into politics during tragedies related to terrorism, Sanders said the White House hoped to avoid politicizing the tragedy, saying there’s “a time and place for a political debate.”
The press secretary cautioned against taking policy steps to curb mass shootings by enacting gun control legislation.
“There will be certainly time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in,” Sanders said.
Moments later, she added: “One of the things we don’t want to do is try to create laws that won’t stop these types of things from happening.”
Watch the clip below, via BuzzFeed:
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds back tears as she reads a White House statement about the Las Vegas shooting. pic.twitter.com/w7KsbjNid6
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 2, 2017