And while the President said he was preparing to "tackle the hard issue of mental health", the school superintendent in Broward County, Florida-where the mass shooting took place-said "NOW is the time for this country to have a real conversation on gun control".
On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel addressed the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida in an emotional monologue. For some, the extent of the death toll - and Trump's initial four-sentence public response - made for an easy comparison with the president's predecessor.
"I don't want Trump to come but we want more gun safety", said 18-year-old Kevin Trejos, a senior at the school.
"I agree, this is a mental illness issue because if you don't think you we need to do something about it, you're obviously mentally ill", Kimmel continued. "We pray for the families, for the victims".
Cruz has been booked on 17 counts of premeditated murder.
In the opening of the episode, the man honored the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
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In an address to the nation from the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump steered clear of any discussion of gun laws, but shared that he plans to discuss policies to make schools safer in a meeting with governors and attorneys general later this month.
Florida Today ran with the headline: "Details on "troubled" suspect emerge" followed by "alleged shooter left scene by blending with fleeing students".
On Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. "Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again", Trump said.
The newspaper's front cover used the headline: "Mr. President, please act" followed by "we need sensible gun control to help stop the slaughter".
It was also unclear what Trump is "working with Congress on" that is related to the mitigating mass shootings.