Transcript for Trump blames Texas church shooting on mental health
That database has not been well funded. The president ordered the white house flag to be thrown at half staph an weighed in overnight sounding his familiar statement that mental health is to blame, not guns. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega is with him in Tokyo. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: George, good morning to you. He called that shooting an act of evil but today he said it is not the time to talk gun control. ??? the deadly church shooting in Texas overshadowing president trump's Tokyo tour. So sad, Sutherland springs, Texas, such a beautiful, wonderful area with incredible people. Who would ever think a thing like this could happen? Reporter: A joint press conference with Japan's prime minister, the president offered his condolences while calling the shooting a mental health problem at the highest level. Mental health is your problem here. This was a very based on preliminary reports very deranged individual, but this isn't a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it but it's a little bit soon to go into it. Reporter: Too soon to talk gun control. He said the same thing in the wake of last month's Las Vegas massacre. Despite his immediate call for changes in immigration policy in the wake of last week's truck rampage in New York City. What he is willing to talk about here on this five-country Asian tour, North Korea. President trump not ruling out military action while declaring Pyongyang a threat to the civilized world. The era of strategic patience is over. Some people said that my rhetoric is very strong but look what's happened with very weak rhetoric over the last 25 years, look where we are right now. Reporter: And we have a new ABC news/"washington post" poll to tell you about this morning. Take a look at these numbers. An overwhelming majority of Americans say they do not trust president trump to handle north Korea. That number is 67%. As for the job that he is doing, 37% approve, 59% disapprove, robin and George, he still enjoys strong support, overwhelming support from his base. Cecilia, thanks very much. Too soon to talk about yesterday's killing. Las Vegas was five weeks ago. Is that too soon? Also said it was too soon to talk policy but was able to talk policy quickly after what happened in New York City.
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