Obama phones Aurora police chief, vows ‘full support’ of FBI

Olivier Knox
The Ticket

President Barack Obama telephoned Aurora, Colorado Police Chief Dan Oates in the aftermath of the tragic mass shooting there and pledged the "full support" of the FBI and other federal agencies in dealing with the suspected gunman's booby-trapped apartment.

Obama told Oates that he and First Lady Michelle Obama sent their "thoughts and prayers" to the people of Aurora "particularly the local first responders who have performed well under difficult and stressful circumstances," the White House said in a statement.

"The President also told Chief Oates that he should expect the full support of the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies moving forward, including any resources they need to handle the ongoing situation at the suspect's apartment," according to the statement.

Obama, who cut short a planned day-long reelection campaign swing through Florida, met with top aides at the White House upon his return, including Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. Attorney General Eric Holder was out of the country.