June 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Obama to travel to Orlando on Thursday

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President Barack Obama is set to travel to Orlando on Thursday. (Image via C-Span)

President Obama is set to travel on Thursday to Orlando in the wake of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in the city over the weekend, the White House announced late Monday.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement to the Washington Blade and other media outlets Obama would visit Orlando and meet with families of victims of the attack, which left 49 dead and 53 wounded.

“On Thursday, the president will travel to Orlando, Fla., to pay his respects to victims’ families, and to stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery,” Earnest said. “We will have more information on the president’s trip in the coming days.”

Earnest announced Obama is set to travel to Orlando after saying during the briefing on the same day the White House had no updates on the president’s schedule.

Obama called the shooting an “act of terror and an act of hate” on Sunday during remarks in the White House briefing room. The FBI is leading an investigation of the shooting in conjunction with local law enforcement officials.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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