Candidates Cancel Events After Police Deaths

     (CN) – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump called off political events scheduled for Friday in the wake of the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas.
     Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was to appear with Vice President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania this morning.
     Clinton tweeted: “I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them.”
     The shootings occurred during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
     The Clinton campaign said the candidate still plans to attend an African Methodist Episcopal Church convention in Philadelphia this evening.
     Clinton aides said she was expected to address the shootings during her remarks.
     Presumptive GOP presidential nominee called a campaign event scheduled in Miami this afternoon, calling the Dallas shootings “a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.”
     He said the earlier deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota were a reminder of “how much more needs to be done” to restore public confidence in law and order.
     Trump, who has often been criticized for the divisive rhetoric he employs on the campaign trail said Friday that “our nation has become too divided.”
     “Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children,” Trump said.
     “This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies,” he said.

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