By MARILYN CABRERA and TIMOTHY P. COSTELLOAssociated PressPresident Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the gunman who killed at least five people at a holiday resort in Florida earlier this month was a man who should never have been allowed to go to the country, but he defended the White House’s decision to allow the president’s son to enter the country.
In a White House news conference with the president of the United States, the president said he was glad his son, Eric Trump, was allowed into the country because he “took care of business” on Jan. 6.
“I don’t know who did it, but I don’t want him here, and I want him out of here,” Trump said.
“But I’m glad that he was allowed in,” Trump added.
“He’s a good boy, he’s a very good kid, and he’s always been a good kid.”
The gunman who attacked the holiday resort, a popular destination for wealthy tourists, killed five people, including himself.
The White House said on Thursday that Eric Trump was granted a visa to travel to the United Kingdom, where he was due to give a news conference about the attacks.
“The President is pleased that Eric has been granted a travel document to the U.K. to discuss the recent events in Florida,” a White and Blue spokeswoman said in a statement.
“The President has instructed his senior adviser Jared Kushner to coordinate the appropriate travel restrictions and security protocols.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the White house said the son of President Donald Trump was among those allowed into a federal facility in Florida to speak with officials.
The son, a private citizen, will remain at the facility in Sarasota, Florida, until he is granted permanent resident status, the administration said in its statement.
He was granted permission to speak by a lawyer and was granted limited access to government offices, including a federal building in Tampa.
The president’s spokesman said the family is cooperating with authorities.
Eric Trump has said that he and his father were allowed to travel from the United Arab Emirates to the resort because they are the sons of the president.
A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said that Eric and Ivanka Trump were allowed into Sarasota by the State Department and were given access to a secure facility.
“Ivanka was allowed to visit a federal courthouse in Sarasotas and the State Office of the Inspector General,” the official said.
“She was allowed the opportunity to speak to her husband, the President, who was in attendance.
The Trump children are not allowed in federal buildings and were not able to enter federal buildings.”
The official said the elder Trump was not given access and was not allowed to leave the building.
Officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment from reporters.
The elder Trump, who has a history of mental illness, was in a Florida hospital on Thursday and was being evaluated, the official added.
He had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2012 and had previously been hospitalized for manic episodes, a doctor said on condition that his identity not be released.
He has been hospitalized multiple times for his bipolar disorder.
The family was in the U, where the elder Donald Trump is a permanent resident, for a trip that was scheduled to begin Wednesday, and officials were told by the doctor that he would be on his way to the hotel and that they were not allowed on the plane, the person said.
In February, the elder Dr. Richard Clifton told The Associated Press that he had treated Eric Trump on several occasions and that he did not know the extent of his bipolar condition.
In the years before his arrest in the shooting rampage, Eric and his wife had lived in the United states, and Eric Trump worked at the Trump Organization in New York.
Eric, who lives in New Jersey, has been described by his friends as “very much in control.”