Texas Gov. Abbott provides update after meeting school officials

Gov. Greg Abbott announces new resources available to victims and Uvalde community and takes questions on the state response to the Robb Elementary School shooting.
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AND I THINK -- >> WE ARE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS, GREG ABBOTT IS HOLDING A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE SCHOOL SHOOTING THAT TOOK 21 PEOPLE. INCLUDING 19 CHILDREN. HERE IS GOVERNOR ABBOTT AT EOVALDI HIGH SCHOOL. >> ALSO, -- TALIBAN >> >> THROUGH THESE STATE AGENCIES THAT YOU WILL BE HEARING ABOUT SHORTLY, YOU WILL HEAR THAT WE HAVE AS A STATE TREMENDOUS BENEFITS THAT CAN AID THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND THOSE WHO WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER FOR MANY YEARS. ONE THING I MUST EMPHASIZE IS THAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH SHORT TERM JAUNDICE RIGHT NOW. THE REALITY IS MANY OF THE CHALLENGES WILL BE LONG TERM CHALLENGES. TEXAS STANDS WITH EOVALDI FOR THE LONG TERM. IN HELPING EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS COMMUNITY BE ABLE TO PIECE THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER, TO HEAL AS MUCH AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN. WE WILL BE HERE AS LONG AS IT TAKES. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME OFFERINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT COSTA FUNERALS WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. DURING THE COURSE OF THE MEETING, THERE WAS AN ANONYMOUS DONOR WHO ATTENDED THE MEETING AND PROVIDED $175,000 TO ENSURE THAT EVERY COST OF EVERY FAMILY CONCERNING THE FUNERAL SERVICES IS GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF. WE APPRECIATE THAT ANONYMOUS DONOR FOR HIS GENEROSITY AND WE WILL ENSURE THOSE RESOURCES GET IN THE RIGHT HANDS TO MAKE SURE THAT NO FAMILY WHO IS SUFFERING FROM HEARTBREAK AT THIS TIME WILL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A SINGLE COST WITH REGARD TO ANYTHING CONCERNING THIS TRAVESTY. IN ADDITION TO THAT THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF NEEDS AS WELL AS ALL KINDS OF SERVICES. ONE OF THE NEEDS IS MADE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE. STATE AND PRIVATE PROVIDERS THAT WILL BE PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE TO ANYONE IN THE COMMITTEE WHO NEEDS IT, THAT MEANS THE TOTALITY OF ANYONE WHO LIVES IN THIS COMMUNITY. WE BELIEVE THAT YOU WOULD BENEFIT FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THEY ARE FREE, WE WANT YOU TO ASK FOR THEM THE WAY THAT YOU CAN ASK FOR THEM WHETHER BE TODAY, TOMORROW, NEXT MONTH, OR NEXT YEAR'S IS THIS NUMBER, 888, 690. MENTAL HEALTH CARE CAN BE REACHED BY CALLING 888, 690, 0799. THAT HELPLINE SHOULD BE ANSWERED SEVEN DAYS A WEEK WHENEVER YOU NEED. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I AM ANNOUNCING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ONE STAR FOUNDATION FUND TO ASSIST WITH ONGOING CHALLENGES THAT WILL BE FACED BY THE VICTIMS OF THIS CRIME. TO PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THIS WORKS, WE OPENED UP A FUND LIKE THIS IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY TO ASSIST ALL OF THE THOUSANDS VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY WHO NEEDED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SUPPORT THAT WENT TO THOSE WHO FACE CHALLENGES. THE EXACT SAME THING APPLIES HERE, RIGHT HERE IS THE ADDRESS. ONE STAR FOUNDATION DOT ORG, ONE STAR FOUNDATION DOT ORG. TO BE MORE PRECISE, SLASH EOVALDI. YOU MAKE A CONTRIBUTION AT THAT SITE THAT IS ALREADY A PRE-REGISTERED ORGANIZATION, PROVIDING A DONATION TO THAT SITE. THERE IS NO OVERHEAD COST, 100% OF THE MONEY THAT YOU DONATE IS GOING TO BE GOING DIRECTLY TO VICTIMS OF THIS HORRIBLE CRIME TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR LIVES. ONE OF THE PRE-DESIGNATED DONATION SITES THAT IT WILL BE GOING TO IS THE ROB SCHOOL MEMORIAL FUND. AGAIN, THE ONE STAR FOUNDATION DOT ORG DOT UVALDE. YOU CAN DO YOUR PART TO HELP OUT THE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY WHO ARE SUFFERING IN INCALCULABLE WAYS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE SET UP A CENTRAL HEADQUARTERS FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE SERVICES AT THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER, LOCATED AT THE UVALDE COUNTY CENTER. AS WE WILL DISCUSS HERE MOMENTARILY, THERE MAY BE A RELOCATION OF THAT SITE. WE WILL KEEP EVERYONE FULLY INFORMED ABOUT WHERE THE NEW LOUIS REALLOCATION SITE WILL BE. EVERY FAMILY IMPACTED BY THE SHOOTING HAS BEEN ASSIGNED AND AGGREGATE TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR NEEDS. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THERE WILL BE AIRFARE FOR EXAMPLE, WHETHER IT'S AMERICAN AIRLINES, WESTJET AIRLINES, THEY WILL PROVIDE FLIGHTS FREE OF CHARGE SO THEY CAN GET HERE AND BE WITH THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER WILL COVER TRAVEL AND LODGING COSTS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES. HEALTH CARE COSTS TO FAMILIES. THEY WILL BE COVERED BY DONATIONS FOR PRIVATE CITIZENS. THE TEXAS HOUSING AND COMMUNITY FARES FOR EXAMPLE HAVE A FUND TO PAY FOR NEEDED SUPPLIES RIGHT NOW, WHETHER BE FOOD, GAS, ESSENTIAL NEEDS. THAT MONEY IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK. ALSO, THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER, THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION WHO YOU WILL BE HEARING FROM IN A SECOND, THEY WILL ASSIST FAMILIES IN FINDING HEALTH CARE WITH BENEFIT PROGRAMS. FROM THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO BENEFITS INCLUDING WORKERS COMPENSATION. STAFF FROM THE TEXANS WORKFORCE COMMISSION ARE VISIBLE TO GET FAMILIES CHILDCARE AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. STATE STAFF ARE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESS CENTERS IMPACTED BY THIS TRAGEDY. HEALING THEIR BROKEN HEARTS IS GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME. BUT THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF OUR FELLOW TEXANS AND THE GOOD WORKS OF NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS, WE CAN BEGIN TO STITCH BACK TOGETHER THE FABRIC OF UVALDE. HELPING US TO DO THAT IS THE LEADER OF UVALDE HIMSELF, THAT IS THE MAYOR OF UVALDE. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HIM TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME. >> GOVERNOR, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ALL THESE STATE AGENCIES HERE. THESE FAMILIES ARE GOING TO NEED ASSISTANCE, NOT JUST TODAY BUT IN THE LONG TERM AS WELL. FOR THAT, I APPRECIATE THAT. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I'VE SEEN YOU IN THESE LAST TWO DAYS, THERE IS COMPASSION ALONG WITH THESE FAMILIES AND I REALLY ADMIRE THAT. LIKE I SAID, WE APPRECIATE EVERYBODY ALL OF THE WORLD AND THE COUNTRIES WHO HAVE BEEN SETTING MESSAGES OF ENCOURAGEMENT. OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN HERE IN UVALDE, NO ONE EVER WANTS TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS. I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH. MY HEART IS BROKEN FOR THESE FAMILIES. THAT IS THE ONE GOOD THING ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY, UVALDE IS A STRONG COMMUNITY, I THINK THE REPORTERS CAN SEE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF UNITY IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME, WE WILL GET OVER THIS AND EOVALDI WILL COME BACK STRONGER. GODLESS YOU AND THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN HELPING THE VICTIMS OF THEM HAD WILL REMAIN ENGAGE ALL THE WAY THROUGH IS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY. >> THANK YOU GOVERNOR FOR BEING HERE AND WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS REACHED OUT TO US IN UVALDE FROM ACROSS THE STATE, FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE WORLD. WE RIGHTLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT AND KIND WORDS AND PRAYERS AND ASSISTANCE THAT HAVE BEEN SENT TO US. LIKE THE MAYOR SAID, HERE IN UVALDE COUNTY WE ARE DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE, WE ARE SALT OF THE EARTH PEOPLE AND WE ARE A FAMILY. LIKE A FAMILY, WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER WITH EACH OTHER AND FOR EACH OTHER, WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE ACROSS THE WORLD TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US. I, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ALONG WITH THE ASSISTANCE PEOPLE, THE DPS ASSISTANCE PEOPLE, THE ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE, WE HAVE SET UP A FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER AT THAT EOVALDI COUNTY FAIR PLEX IN UVALDE. AT THAT CENTER IS A ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL THE VICTIMS AND WE SAY VICTIMS, WE MEAN EVERYBODY THAT WAS ASSOCIATED WITH ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WHEN YOU COME THERE, YOU ARE GOING TO BE WITH THE COUNSELOR, YOU WANT TO MEET WITH ALL THE SERVICES THAT THE STATE HAS TO OFFER. FUNERAL SERVICES, BLUE CROSS, BLUE SHIELD, THE MEXICAN CONSULATE IS THERE, THE RED CROSS IS THERE AND WE ARE THERE TO PROVIDE ALL THE SERVICES ANY FAMILY MAY NEED. IF YOU NEED SOMETHING THAT IS NOT THEIR, THEN LET ME KNOW AND WE WILL FIND IT FOR YOU. THAT IS GOING TO BE OPEN AND CONTINUED UNTIL JUNE THE 1ST. WE ARE OPEN FROM 9 AM UNTIL 5 PM. THERE'S ALSO FOOD THERE AND A PLACE CENTERED FOR CHILDREN. PLEASE COME AND SEE US, ANY VICTIMS, ANYBODY THAT NEEDS HELP, PLEASE COME THERE. IT IS A RESOURCE FOR EVERYBODY. THERE IS ALSO A VICTIM SERVICES CENTER, A CIVIC CENTER THAT IS RUN BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THAT IS FOR ANYBODY AFFECTED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THEY HAVE SERVICES THERE. WE THANK EVERYBODY, WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND PLEASE KEEP OUR VICTIMS IN YOUR PRAYERS. THESE FAMILIES OF THE DECEASED CHILDREN AND SCHOOL TEACHERS. KEEP US STRONG, THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. NOW I WANT TO CALL UP SEVEN LEADERS OF SEVEN DISTANT STATE AGENCIES TO GIVE YOU A VERY BRIEF EXPLANATION OF WHAT THEY'RE PARTICULAR AGENCY DOES. THERE ARE MORE THAN SEVEN INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS WERE GOING UP THE SEVENTH. FIRST IS THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONER. GOOD AFTERNOON, I'M SICILY YOUNG AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION. WE DO MEDICATE SHIP, AND SAT, AND WE HAVE ELIGIBILITY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE AT THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE ELIGIBILITY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE ON AN ONGOING BASIS ONCE WE MOVE INTO THE NEXT PHASE OF THIS. ADDITIONALLY, AS THE GOVERNOR MENTIONED, WE HAVE NEEDED IT NUMBER. IT IS FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, IT IS IN A DATE, 690, 09. AND THIS IS RUN BY THE HILL COUNTRY LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY. IT IS LOCAL, IT IS A 24 HOUR SEVEN DAYS A WEEK CALL CENTER, THAT IS ABLE TO CONNECT PEOPLE WITH SERVICES. WITH COUNSELING, MEDICATION, TELL A COUNSELING SERVICES, AND TELL A PSYCHIATRY SERVICES. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT ANYONE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT CALLS IN, WILL BE CONNECTED TO OTHER AVAILABLE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. SO IT IS A WAY TO TRIAGE, AGAIN TO TRY TO MAKE IT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. >> THANK YOU. >> NEXT IS THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE -- CASSIE BROWN. >> GOOD AFTERNOON, I'M CASSIE. BRAD I SERVICE THE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE FOR THE EIGHTH TEXAS ROUTE OF INSURANCE. TO THE EYES HERE TO ENSURE THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE, APPROPRIATELY IN QUICKLY HANDLING CLAIMS. WHAT OUR DEPARTMENT US IS OVERSEE THE HEALTH INSURANCE, AS WELL AS THE WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE CLAIMS. SO IF YOU ARE GOING TO, IF YOU ARE A PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEE, I'M SORRY IF YOU ARE A PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEE, THOSE EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, OR THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE WORKERS COMPENSATION COVERAGE. AND PRIVATE SECTOR, EMPLOYEES SHOULD CHECK WITH THEIR EMPLOYER TO SEE IF THEY CARRY WORKERS COMP. WORKERS COMP COVERS MENTAL MYTHS AND PTSD, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT BENEFIT FOR YOU. WE HAVE STAFF AVAILABLE AT THE VERY PLEX UNDER TO HELP YOU START THE PROCESS FOR PROCESSING YOUR WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS, AND TO EXPLAIN ALL OF THE BENEFITS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU UNDER THE SYSTEM. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. AND NOW FROM THE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM, BRIAN GUTHRIE. WE >> THANK, YOU GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS BRIAN GOT THREE, I AM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM THAT FOR TEXAS. WE ARE HERE NOT ONLY TO HELP THE FAMILIES OF THE TEACHERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES, AND PROVIDED THE BENEFITS THAT ARE DUE, BUT ALSO TO HELP ALL THE EMPLOYEES OF NOT ONLY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUT ALL THE SURROUNDING SCHOOL DISTRICTS, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR HEALTH SERVICES. WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT NOT ALL THE EMPLOYEES OF THESE DISTRICTS ARE MEMBERS OF OUR SYSTEM. AND ARE OFFERED OUR HEALTH CARE PROGRAM, BUT WE WANT TO THANK OUR PARTNERS ACROSS BLUE SHIELD UNTIL IT OFFERED SETTING THOSE BENEFITS TO EVERYONE WHO IS EMPLOYED IN THIS DISTRICT OR ANY OF THIS ROUNDING DISTRICTS. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. AND NOW FOR THE TEXAS EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM, PORTER WILSON. >> I AM PORTER WILSON, THE -- >> AGENDA RESOURCES THAT ARE BEING BROUGHT TO BEAR TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE SCHOOL SHOOTING AT ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT LEFT 21 PEOPLE DEAD. 19 TO STUDENTS, AND TWO TEACHERS. THE GOVERNOR IS SAYING THAT THE FUNERALS HAVE ALL BEEN PAID FOR BY AND ANONYMOUS DONOR. HE IS SPEAKING ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE THAT IS AVAILABLE, IF AND THAT IS BEING SET UP TO ASSIST THE VICTIMS AND THE HEADS OF STATE AGENCIES THAT ARE APPROPRIATE, ARE BRINGING ALL OF THEIR RESOURCES TO BEAR AND LETTING THE COMMUNITY KNOW IT IS AVAILABLE. SO FAR, THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT ADDRESSED SOME OF THE MISSTATEMENTS AND HE MADE AT THE OUTSET OF THE INVESTIGATION, OR HIS CHARACTERIZATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THAT HE SAID SAVED LIVES THAT MAYBE A DIFFERENT PORTRAYAL AND WHAT WAS SIDE WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT PUBLIC SAFETY EARLIER TODAY, WHEN THEY OUTLINED THE WRONGFUL ASSUMPTION THAT THERE WAS NO LONGER A RISK TO CHILDREN. THAT IS WHY THEY HELD THE TACTICAL TEAM FROM GOING INTO THE CLASSROOM FOR 35 MINUTES. OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS, ABC MARY ALICE PARKS AS WELL AS THIS. MARY ALICE, THE GOVERNORS OBVIATED POSITION HERE TO DO WHAT'S GOVERNORS DO, AND THAT IS TO BRING RESOURCES TO BEAR INFLICTED COMMUNITY. HE ALSO HAS SOME QUESTIONS TO ANSWER. >> YEAH, AARON, TO THE FIRST PART OF THAT, BUT WE ARE SEEING UNFOLD THESE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STATE AGENCIES DO YOU REMIND ME THAT WHILE SO MUCH OF THE ATTENTION RIGHTLY SO, IS ON THE VICTIMS THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES, THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES, IT IS A REMINDER THAT SUCH A HORRIFIC ACTS LIKE THIS, SUCH AN UNBELIEVABLE ASSAULTS ON A COMMUNITY, HAS RIPPLE EFFECTS, TRAUMA. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE TRAUMA THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS FACING, EVERY OTHER STUDENT THAT MIGHT HAVE MADE IT OUT OF THAT SCHOOL WITH THEIR LIFE AND HAS HAD TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING SO HORRIFIC. EVERY OTHER PARENT MIGHT HAVE AT LEAST OTHER PARENT COME HOME, BUT HOW DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED, HOW DO WORRY LIKE THAT. IT JUST STRIKES ME, LISTENING TO THIS, IS HOW COMMUNITY LIKE THAT WILL BE SCARRED FOR SO LONG, AND THE LASTING TRAUMA OF SUCH UNBELIEVABLE VIOLENCE. BUT YOU ARE RIGHT. THERE WE ARE WAITING FOR THE GOVERNOR TO TAKE QUESTIONS, BECAUSE THEY'RE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT HE SAW THE ANSWER TO TRY TO EXPLAIN THIS UNBELIEVABLE TIMELINE AND TRY TO EXPLAIN WHY IT WAS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT WAITED TO GO IN, WE DID TO BREACH THAT DOOR. YOU KNOW A QUESTION OF WHAT HE IS GOING TO, DO NOW THAT IT LOOKS LIKE PROTOCOL WAS NOT FOLLOWED, OR TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND HOW THAT DECISION WAS MADE, AARON. >> ABC'S MARY ALICE PARKS, OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, MARY ALICE. WE KNOW IN EVERY COMMUNITY THIS WEEKEND PRESENT BIDEN IS GONNA BE VISITING WITH SOME OF THE VICTIMS FAMILIES, ON THE EVE OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS OWN SON BEAU'S DEATH. THIS IS GOING TO BE QUITE AN EMOTIONAL MOMENT FOR THE PRESIDENT, I WOULD IMAGINE. >> LEAVES, THAT JUST HIS PRESENCE CAN BE POWERFUL. THAT HE OFTEN LITERALLY LIKES TO LEND A SHOULDER TO CRY ON. HE WANTS TO BE THERE WHEN PEOPLE ARE GRIEVING, AND WHEN THE NATION'S GRIEVING. AND I THINK THAT THAT IS MOSTLY WET IS ON HIS AGENDA. YOU WANT TO TALK TO, FAMILIES TO VICTIMS, TO COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND FAITH LEADERS, AND JUST SHOW LOVE AND SUPPORT. THIS IS SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT OFTEN DOES, ERIN. >> MARY ALICE PARKS, OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT. LET'S RETURN EACH EOVALDI HIGH SCHOOL AND TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT. >> WE WANT TO HELP THEM WITH ANY AND ALL THEIR NEEDS. I CANNOT OVEREMPHASIZE ENOUGH THAT EVERYBODY STUDENTS, TEACHERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, EVERYBODY IN THIS COMMUNITY, PLEASE VALUE SOLVES OF THE ABSOLUTELY FREE MENTAL HEALTH CARE. IT WILL PAY OFF IN THE LONG RUN. I WILL BE HAPPY TO TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS. GO AHEAD. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> SURE. SO,. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> I WILL DIRECTLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. BEFORE I START ANSWERING QUESTIONS, UNRELATED TO THE DISCUSSION THAT WE HAVE HAD ABOUT THE BENEFITS SEVERE PROVIDING THE COMMUNITY, LET'S TAKE THOSE QUESTIONS FIRST AND I WILL COME BACK TO YOU FIRST. GO AHEAD. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> I'M GOING TO PUT YOU SECOND IN THE QUEUE. LET ME MAKE CLEAR, MAYBE I WASN'T CLEAR. BEFORE IT START TAKING QUESTIONS UNRELATED TO THE BENEFITS THAT WE ARE PROVIDING TO THE COMMUNITY, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION AS A STATE TO COMMUNICATE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY, THE BENEFITS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM. THEIR LIVES ARE CRUTCH. THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING, AND THEY MAY HAVE NO IDEA WHATSOEVER HOW THEY'RE GONNA PAY A. BILL LET ME GIVE YOU AN EASY EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME. THERE WAS A PARENT WHO LOST SOME GLASSES THAT WERE CRUSHED IN EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED. AND HE TOLD SOMEONE HE HAD NO MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. WE HAVE MONEY TO PAY FOR THAT STUFF. THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT GETTING FOOD, WE HAVE MONEY THAT CAN BUY THEM FOOD. LET'S DISCUSS, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE BENEFITS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, THAT'S FINE. BUT IF THERE'S ANYBODY HERE. >> WITH ALL DUE RESPECT [INAUDIBLE] BASED IN LARGE PART OF WHAT YOU JUST [INAUDIBLE] THE OFFICERS [INAUDIBLE] TODAY WE LEARNED THAT 19 OFFICERS TO IN THE HALLWAY THAT SCHOOL FOR NEARLY AN HOUR [INAUDIBLE] WHICH GOES AGAINST -- . >> SURE, AND. >> [INAUDIBLE] . >> NO, I'M GONNA FULLY ANSWER THAT. BUT I'M GONNA ANSWER THIS QUESTION, FIRST ALUMNI UNDERSTAND. IS THERE ANYBODY HERE WHO HAS ANY QUESTION ABOUT THE BENEFITS THAT ARE BEING PROVIDED TO ANYBODY HERE WHO HAVE SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THIS CRIME? >> ALL RIGHT, SO LET ME ANSWER. QUESTION TO YOUR QUESTION NO I REMEMBER IT. IT SHORT ANSWER YES. I WAS MISLED. I AM LIVID ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. I WAS ON THIS VERY STAGE, TWO DAYS AGO. AND I WAS TELLING THE PUBLIC, INFORMATION THAT HAD BEEN TOLD TO ME IN A ROOM JUST A FEW YARDS BEHIND WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW. I WROTE DOWN HAND NOTES, IN DETAIL, ABOUT EVERYBODY IN THAT ROOM TOLD ME. IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER, ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. AND WHEN I CAME OUT OF HERE ON THE STAGE AND TOLD THE PUBLIC WOULD HAPPENED, IT WAS A RECITATION OF WHAT PEOPLE IN THAT ROOM TOLD ME. WHETHER BE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, OR NON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, WHATEVER THE CASE. MAYBE AND AS EVERYBODY HAS LEARNED, THE INFORMATION THAT I WAS GIVEN TURNED OUT, IN PART TO BE AN ACCURATE. AND I AM ABSOLUTELY LIVID ABOUT THAT. AND HERE'S MY EXPECTATION. MY EXPECTATION IS THAT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS THAT ARE LEADING THE INVESTIGATIONS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TEXAS RANGERS, AND THE FBI, THEY GET TO THE BOTTOM OF EVERY FACTS WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DESERVE ANSWERS THE MOST. AND THOSE ARE THE FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. THEY NEED ANSWERS, THAT ARE ACCURATE. AND IS INEXCUSABLE BUT THEY MAY HAVE SUFFERED FROM IN ACCURATE INFORMATION. AND IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE LEADERS OF THE INVESTIGATIONS ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, GET DOWN TO THE VERY SECOND OF EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WITH 100% ACCURACY, AND EXPLAIN IT TO THE PUBLIC, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO THE VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> HE HAD, HE HAD A BACKUP. CHECKING QUESTION I'M COMING TO YOU. NEXT >> [INAUDIBLE] . >> MY EXPECTATION IS THAT AS WE SPEAK, IN EVERY MINUTE GOING FORWARD, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS GOING TO EARN THE TRUST OF THE PUBLIC, BY DOING EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO FROM THIS POINT ON. AND THAT IS MAKING SURE THAT THEY THOROUGHLY, EXHAUSTIVELY, INVESTIGATE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED AND EXPLAIN TO YOU THE PUBLIC AND THE VICTIMS OF THE CRIME, EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. I TOLD THESE GUYS THIS GUYS CAN WE DO. NEXT >> [INAUDIBLE] . I >> SURE, WELL I CAN ANSWER YOUR SECOND QUESTION FIRST. SO YOUR SECOND, QUESTION YOU TALKED ABOUT THE ROLLBACK OF ANY OF THE LEGISLATION THAT I SIGNED THIS PAST SESSION. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT ONE THING, NONE OF THE LOSS THAT I SIGNED THIS PAST SESSION HAD ANY INTERSECTION WITH THIS CRIME AT ALL. NO LAW THAT I SIGNED ALLOWED HIM TO GET AGAIN. THE GUN THAT HE DID GET, AND SO, AGAIN THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THE LOSS FROM THIS PAST SESSION THAT HAS AN IRRELEVANCY TO THE CRIME THAT OCCURRED HERE. WITH REGARD TO SPECIAL SESSION, LET ME JUST SAY THIS, AND THAT IS FIRST OF ALL, ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE. SECOND AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO YOUR POINT, DO WE EXPECT LAWS TO COME OUT OF THIS DEVASTATING CRIME? THE ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY. YES AND THERE WILL BE LAWS IN MULTIPLE DIFFERENT SUBJECT AREAS. FOR EXAMPLE, I DO FULLY EXPECT TO HAVE EVERY LAW THAT WE PASS, IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SET OF A SHOOTING, TO BE COMPLETELY REVISITED. FIRST WE NEED TO GAIN INFORMATION ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SCHOOL TO FIND OUT THE EXTENT TO WHICH THIS LAWS WERE COMPLIED WITH, TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY WEREN'T COMPLIED WITH, TO FIND IT WAS SHORTCOMINGS ALLOWED THIS TO OCCUR. AND SECOND WE NEED TO HAVE A DISCUSSION, AND PASTA MAKE SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE SAFER. AND THE PEOPLE OF UVALDE, BUT THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS DESERVE THAT. SECOND, AS I WAS DISCUSSING TWO DAYS AGO, YOU CAN EXPECT ROBUST DISCUSSION AND, MY HOPE IS LAWS PASSED, THAT I WILL SIGN, ADJUSTING HEALTH CARE IN THE STATE. THERE IS AN ARRAY OF HEALTH CARE ISSUES THAT WE FACE AS A STATE IN GENERAL, BUT THERE ARE AND ARRAY OF HEALTH CARE ISSUES THAT RELATE TO THOSE WHO COMMIT GUN CRIMES IN PARTICULAR. THOSE NEED TO BE ADDRESSED, WHETHER THE HEALTH CARE ISSUES THAT I TALKED ABOUT ABOUT TWO DAYS AGO. THAT WOULD AFFECT THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL OR WHETHER THEY'RE THE LAWS THAT ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES THAT ARE NOW SURFACING THAT THIS KILLER HAD IN HIS LIFE THAT LEAD TO SOMEONE DOING WHAT HE DID AND IT'LL BE ALL OF THE KINDS OF ISSUES. THERE WILL BE MEETINGS HELD, THERE WILL BE PROPOSALS THAT WILL BE DERIVED, MANY OF WHICH WHICH WILL LEAD TO LAWS THAT WE PASSED IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. LET ME MAKE THIS PERFECTLY CLEAR, THE STATUS QUO IS UNACCEPTABLE. THIS CRIME IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE HERE TALKING ABOUT IT AND DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT. WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR THE BEST LAWS THAT WE CAN GET PAST TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS SAFER. [NOISE] [INAUDIBLE] IT IS SHOWN THAT THESE BACKGROUND CHECKS, IF EVERYONE WANTS TO SEIZE UPON ANY PARTICULAR STRATEGY AND SAY THAT IS A GOLDEN STRATEGY RIGHT THERE. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SANTA FE SHOOTING. A BACKGROUND CHECK HAD NO RELEVANCY WHATSOEVER BECAUSE THE KILLER TOOK THE GUN FROM HIS PARENT. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN SOUTHERN SPRINGS, THERE WAS A BACKGROUND SHIP THAT WAS DONE. IT WAS DONE IN A FLAWED WAY THAT ALLOWED THE KILLER TO GET A GUN. ANYONE WHO SUGGESTS MAYBE WE SHOULD FOCUS ON BACKGROUND CHECKS AS OPPOSED TO MENTAL HEALTH, I SUGGEST TO YOU THAT THAT IS A MISTAKE. IF THERE'S ANYONE HERE WHO THINKS WITH PERFECT CARAT HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY ARE WRONG. IF ANYONE THINKS THAT WE CAN DO MORE TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CARE, THEY ARE WRONG. THEY CAN. WE CAN AND WE ARE GOING TO. GO AHEAD. [NOISE] [INAUDIBLE] >> I'VE BEEN TOLD SEVERAL THINGS. ONE IS THAT THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION AND THERE HAVE BEEN NEW FACTS AND INFORMATION SURFACING AS A RESULT OF THAT INVESTIGATION. THESE FACTS ARE DIFFERENT TODAY THAN THEY WERE TWO DAYS AGO. SECOND, THERE WILL BE AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION THAT DETAILS EXACTLY WHO DID WHAT, WHERE, WHEN. WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF WHAT STRATEGY. WHY WAS THAT PARTICULAR STRATEGY EMPLOYED, WHY WERE OTHER STRATEGIES NOT EMPLOYED. BOTTOM LINE WOULD BE, WHY DID THEY NOT CHOOSE THE STRATEGY THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEST TO GET IN THERE AND ELIMINATE THE KILLER, TO RESCUE THE CHILDREN. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> HOW ARE YOU DOING MAN? >> [INAUDIBLE] >> TEXAS HAS BEEN A STATE. AN 18 YEAR OLD HAS HAD THE ABILITY TO BUY A GUN, A RIFLE. SINCE THAT TIME, IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS ONLY BEEN IN THE PAST DECADE OR TWO THAT WE HAVE HAD [INAUDIBLE] 18 YEAR OLDS CAN BUY RIFLES, WE DIDN'T HAVE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BUT WE DO NOW. MAYBE WE ARE PUTTING OUR ATTENTION ON THE WRONG THING. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> NEXT QUESTION, NEXT QUESTION. I CAN'T HEAR YOU. SPEAK UP. >> [INAUDIBLE] >>,? I WAS NOT ABLE TO HEAR THE FIRST PART OF YOUR QUESTION, CAN YOU SAY IT AGAIN? >> [INAUDIBLE] WHAT IS THE SITUATION? >> SO EVERY ACT BY EVERY OFFICIAL INVOLVED IN THIS ENTIRE PROCESS IS UNDER THE INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BOTH BY THE TEXAS RANGERS AND BY THE FBI. EVERY ACT OF ALL OF THOSE WILL BE KNOWN AND IDENTIFIED AND EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC. I CANNOT OVEREMPHASIZE ENOUGH, WE NEED TO GET THAT INFORMATION TO THE FAMILIES OF ALL OF THESE VICTIMS WHO DESERVE TO KNOW THE MOST. AS FAR AS HIS EMPLOYMENT STATUS IS CONCERNED, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEYOND MY CONTROL AND I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF IT. [NOISE] >> WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO TO HALT [INAUDIBLE] >> AS THE GOVERNOR SAID, I'M NOT IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND THE MAYOR OF THE CITY. ONCE WE KNOW WHAT TOOK PLACE, WHAT WENT DOWN WE WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT. I HAVE BEEN JUST AS CONFUSED AS YOU ARE. I GET THE SAME INFORMATION AS THE GOVERNOR GOT. UNTIL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON I WAS GIVEN OTHER INFORMATION. I DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER YET BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES AND WE WILL. >> THAT'S IT, THANK YOU. >> LIVE FROM UVALDE, TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT WHO SAYS HE WAS MISLED AT THE OUTSET OF THE INVESTIGATION WHEN HE WAS SAYING THINGS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON TUESDAY IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT TURNS OUT DID NOT HAPPEN. HE SAYS HE IS LIVID ABOUT WHAT DID HAPPEN. PERHAPS A REFERENCE TO AN EARLIER PRESS CONFERENCE BY STATE POLICE IN WHICH THEY REVEALED THERE WAS A 35 MINUTE GAP BETWEEN THE TIME A TACTICAL TEAM ARRIVED ON SCENE AND THE TIME THEY WERE ABLE TO BREACH THE CREVICE ROOM TO NEUTRALIZE THE THREAT OF THE SHOOTER. THEY BELIEVED FALSELY THAT CHILDREN WERE NO LONGER IN DANGER. THE GOVERNOR SAID IT IS INEXCUSABLE THAT FAMILIES SUFFERED FROM INACCURATE INFORMATION, SOME OF THAT DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNOR HIMSELF WHEN HE IN FACT PRAISED LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AS HAVING SAVED ADDITIONAL LIVES WHICH PERHAPS THEY DID IN TERMS OF RESCUING PEOPLE. HE CLEARLY BELIEVES THAT HE WAS MISLED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE OUTSET. HE ALSO SAID WHEN HE WAS ASKED A NUMBER OF TIMES ABOUT ACCESS TO GUNS, HE PREFERRED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. HE SAID NONE OF THE LAWS THAT HE SIGNED RECENTLY WOULD MAKE TEXAS MORE PERMISSIVE IN TERMS OF ITS GUN LAWS. THEY WERE NOT OF ANY RELEVANCE. FOR THE SECOND TIME AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HE WAS INTERRUPTED, THE FIRST TIME BY CANDIDATE AND HERE BY THE LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHO APPEARS TO HAVE PRESSED HIM ON THE NEED FOR AN AR-15 BY AN 18 YEAR OLD. THERE WAS THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE OUTSIDE TALKING TO REPORTERS RIGHT NOW. >> MY MESSAGE WOULD BE, WHAT THIS MAN IS DOING IS NOT RIGHT, IT HASN'T BEEN RIGHT FOR A LONG TIME AND REPUBLICAN CONSTITUENTS, THEY WANT RESPONSIBLE GUN SOLUTIONS. I'M A DEMOCRAT AND I HAVE A LOT OF REPUBLICANS CALLING ME AND THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE THIS ANYMORE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. >> THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE SPEAKING OUTSIDE OF THE GOVERNOR'S PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER INTERRUPTING HIM, THE GOVERNOR DID NOT RESPOND TO ANYTHING THAT THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE HAD SAID TO HIM ABOUT THE NEED FOR AN 18 YEAR OLD IN HIS COMMUNITY TO HAVE ACCESS TO AN AR-15. GOVERNOR ABBOTT SAID THAT 18 YEAR OLDS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUY LONG GUN SINCE TEXAS HAS BEEN A STATE, IT'S ONLY RECENTLY WHERE IT HAS BECOME AN ACTUAL PROBLEM. HE DID ALSO ADDRESS WHEN ASKED BY REPORTERS ABOUT SOME OF HIS MISSTATEMENTS EARLIER IN THE WEEK. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE'S WHAT HE SAID. >> I WAS MISLED. I AM LIVID ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. I WAS ON THIS VERY STAGE TWO DAYS AGO AND I WAS TELLING THE PUBLIC INFORMATION THAT HAD NOT BEEN TOLD TO ME IN A ROOM JUST A FEW YARDS BEHIND WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW. I WROTE DOWN HAND NOTES IN DETAIL ABOUT WHAT EVERYBODY IN THAT ROOM TOLD ME. IN SECOND ONE WILL ORDER ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. WHEN I CAME OUT OF HERE ON THE STAGE AND TOLD THE PUBLIC WHAT HAPPENED, IT WAS A RESUSCITATION OF WHAT PEOPLE IN THAT ROOM TOLD ME. WHETHER BE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS OR NON-LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE. AS EVERYBODY HAS LEARNED, THE INFORMATION THAT I WAS GIVEN TURNED OUT IN PARTS TO BE INACCURATE. I AM ABSOLUTELY LIVID ABOUT THAT. >> GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT FOR A MOMENT, LET'S BRING IN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT MARY ALICE PARKS. MARY ALICE, THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE WANTS THE FAMILIES TO HAVE ACCURATE INFORMATION AND HE SAID IT IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT THEY WERE GIVEN SOME INACCURATE INFORMATION. >> YES, HE DID TAKE RESPONSIBILITY THERE. HE SAID THAT HE WAS GIVEN THAT INFORMATION HIMSELF. HE SAID HE HOPES THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT DOES CONCLUDE THEIR INVESTIGATIONS AND ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE ACCURATE INFORMATION TO FAMILIES ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED THAT DAY AND THE DECISIONS THAT WERE MADE. HE CLEARLY, YOU COULD HEAR THE UPSET IN HIS VOICE, HE FELT BETRAYED AN UPSET THAT HE WAS GIVEN BAD INFORMATION. UNDERSTANDABLY, THE PARENTS DESERVE TO KNOW THE FACTS OF THAT DAY. I WAS STRUCK LIKE YOU SAID BY HOW OFTEN HE CAME BACK TO THE NEED AND A CALL FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. HE DIDN'T GET ANY REAL TOUGH QUESTIONS THERE ABOUT HOW UNDER HIS TENURE, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES HAVE BEEN GUTTED IN THAT STATE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL TEXAS. THERE IS SUCH A LIMITED ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND I'M CURIOUS WHEN HE WAS ASKED IF ANYTHING WILL COME FROM THIS, ANY NEW PROGRAMS, HE SAID HE IMAGINED SO. I WONDER IF THAT WILL IN THE AND BE MORE MONEY OR MORE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. WE KNOW THAT COMPARED TO OTHER STATES, TEXAS RATES NEAR THE BOTTOM WHEN IT COMES TO ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH. >> AND YET MARY ALICE, THE GOVERNOR DID SAY THAT THE STATUS QUO IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE STATUS QUO IN TEXAS, AS HE WAS ASKED ABOUT REPEATEDLY, INCLUDES PERMISSIVE GUN LAWS INCLUDING SOME LEGISLATION THAT HE HAD SIGNED VERY RECENTLY. HE SAID NONE OF THAT WOULD'VE BEEN RELEVANT TO THE SITUATION. YOU'RE RIGHT I MEAN THE LAST FEW YEARS WE'VE SEEN GOVERNOR ABBOTT MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO BUY MORE GUNS FASTER AND CARRY THEM WHEREVER THEY WANT. HE SIGNED A LAW THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR PERMIT-LESS CONCEALED CARRY, EVEN THOUGH THAT IS REALLY CONTROVERSIAL. YOU KNOW NATIONAL POLLING, AND EVEN STATE LEVEL POLLING HAS SHOWN THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T APPROVE OF THAT. EVEN GUN OWNERS, VERY LEERY OF THE IDEA PERMIT-LESS CONCEALED CARRY. BUT YOU HEARD HIM THERE JUST LIKE YOU SAID SAY THAT HE'S NOT CONVINCED THAT ANY OF THOSE LAWS WOULD MATTERS HERE. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE OFTEN HEAR FROM REPUBLICANS. THEY WILL SAY THAT, WOULD'VE STOPPED THIS SHOOTING, OR THAT SHOOTING. THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT. OF COURSE WE HEAR FROM DEMOCRATS IS, LET'S TRY SOMETHING, LET'S TRY. ANYTHING RIGHT NOW YOU CAN SEE SOME RECENT POLLING THAT 89% OF AMERICANS AND OUR LATEST POLLING SHOWS THAT AMERICAN SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND. CHECKS THERE'S A HUNGER IN THIS COUNTRY FOR MAYBE LIKE RED FLAG LAWS, FOR ANY KIND OF GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. I THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT DOING NOTHING HASN'T WORKED AND HAS BEEN TAUGHT. >> ABC'S VERY ALICE PARKS, OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT. THANKS TO YOU. AND GOVERNOR ABBOTT SAID TODAY, THAT JUST LIKE THE REST OF US HE IS WONDERING WHY LOG FOR SMITH AND EOVALDI DIDN'T USE THE STRATEGY THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEST TO GO IN THERE, LEAVING THOSE VULNERABLE CHILDREN VULNERABLE FOR 35 EXCRUCIATING MINUTES. WE'RE GONNA HAVE CONTINUING UPDATES RIGHT HERE ON ABC NEWS LIVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. A COMPLETE WRAP UP COMES AT ABC NEWS LIVE PRIME, THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M AARON -- GOOD DAY

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