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Orlando gun massacre: Barack Obama consoles bereaved during low-key visit

By Josh Lederman

President Barack Obama has visited Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Air Force One touched down in the grief-stricken community, where Mr Obama planned to spend a few hours meeting in private with families of the 49 victims and survivors.

The low-profile visit reflected the challenge for the president to find something meaningful to say about an attack that has stoked a wide mix of fears about terrorism, guns and violence against gay people. Even as the families of the victims bury their loved ones, it is unclear what led a 29-year-old Muslim born in New York to open fire in a gay nightclub early on Sunday.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr Obama would deal with the ambiguity in the Florida shooting by focusing on the victims.

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