President Donald Trump tweeted condolences to the people of New Zealand on Friday, hours after devastating shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.
"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!" he wrote on Twitter.
On Thursday night, immediately after reports of the shooting surfaced, Trump tweeted a link to Breitbart News, which was posting coverage about the attacks. He later deleted the tweet; his Friday morning tweet was his first comments.
On Friday, 49 people were murdered in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." One 28-year-old man was charged with murder and is due in court on Saturday. Three other people have also been arrested.
Arden said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days." New Zealand's national security threat level has been raised to high.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also released a statement.
"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate," she said.