Donald Trump Visits Virginia Church Unannounced to 'Pray For the Victims' of Mass Shooting

President Donald Trump on Sunday stopped in briefly at a Virginia church to pray for the victims of the Virginia Beach mass shooting after spending the morning at his golf club.

In a statement, White House spokesperson Judd Deere said "President Donald J. Trump is visiting McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA, to visit with the Pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach."

Trump's impromptu visit was made after he spent the morning golfing at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

During his visit, Trump on stage stood beside McLean Bible Church's Lead Pastor David Platt, who held one of his hands on a Bible and the other on the president's back as he prayed.

"We know we need your mercy. We need your grace. We need your help. We need your wisdom in our country," Platt said. "We stand right now on behalf of our president, and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him." The pastor then asked God to bless Trump's family with strength and also prayed for other political leaders across the country.

Trump silently walked off the stage after the prayer and departed the event. He did not make any remarks at the church or mention the mass shooting in Virginia, which occurred earlier this week.

Twelve people were killed and several others were hospitalized after a gunman, identified as DeWayne Craddock, entered a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday and opened fire. The suspect — a longtime public utilities employee — used a pair of .45 caliber pistols in the massacre that he reportedly obtained legally in 2016 and 2018.

Craddock was killed in the incident after a shootout with police officers.

Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said, "there's no way to describe an incident such as this."

Meanwhile, Virginia Beach Vice Mayor James Wood expressed that the incident left him numb. "I think the thing that's gone through my mind and everybody else is we know these people," Wood told CBSN. "I don't say I'm in shock; I'm numbed."

Trump's appearance on Sunday comes days after television evangelist Franklin Graham called on Christians across America to "pray for God to intervene" in strengthening Trump against his enemies. Graham — son of the well-known late evangelist Billy Graham — announced plans earlier this week to hold a "special day of prayer" for the president on Sunday.

Platt mentioned the day of prayer for the president while Trump was on stage at the McLean Bible Church. "We don't want to do that just on this Sunday," he said. "We want to do that continually, day in and day out. So I want to ask us to bow our heads together now and pray for our president."

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U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House on June 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump stopped into a Virginia church on Sunday to pray for the victims of the state's most recent mass shooting. Getty/Tasos Katopodis