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President Obama calls Orlando shooting 'act of terror and act of hate'

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WASHINGTON -

In a brief statement Sunday afternoon, President Barack Obama called Sunday's deadly nightclub shooting in Orlando "an act of terror and an act of hate." He said the U.S. would not give in to fear and stand united to protect Americans who threaten the country.

"In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another," Obama said. 

The President confirmed that the shooting was the deadliest in U.S. history. NBC News reports Sunday's address was the 15th time Obama has addressed the nation following a mass shooting.

Obama also ordered flags to be flown at half staff in honor of the victims of the shooting.

Statement from Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

The President was briefed this morning by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims. The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community.

Statement from Vice President Joe Biden's spokesperson:

The Vice President was briefed this morning by his national security advisor on the heinous attack that took place overnight at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Vice President Biden offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting and sends his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims.  He is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to receive regular updates as we know more.

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