Watch live: Trump addresses the nation following mass shootings

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President Trump, pictured in New Jersey on Sunday, tweeted he might consider “strong” background checks on guns, if coupled with immigration reform.
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President Trump tweeted on Monday morning, hours before a scheduled address to the nation following two mass shootings, that he might consider “strong background checks” on gun purchases — if it were tied in with comprehensive immigration reform.

Trump, who has never seemed comfortable in the role of “consoler-in-chief” following other tragedies, formally addressed the nation from the White House in a speech that began shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

President Trump condemned the gunmen who committed two weekend mass shootings and white nationalism but stopped short of calling for stricter gun laws.