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Trump tweets about Kobe Bryant’s departure:’That’s terrible news’

  • Elected officials, including President Donald Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, responded to the passing of legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant on Sunday.
  • When it had been confirmed that Bryant died in a helicopter accident in about 10 AM, Trump first lasted to converse about his innocence at the impeachment proceedings, then switched into condolences.
  • “Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and others are killed in a helicopter accident in California. That’s terrible news” Trump tweeted.
  • Newsom set a statement mourning the loss of Bryant and praising his charitable work, while US Representative Brad Sherman out of Los Angeles tweeted thatit had been”a catastrophe.”
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The shocking truth which NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old girl Gianna”Gigi” Bryant died in a helicopter accident Sunday morning and others elicited reactions from actors, athletes, along with elected officials, including President Donald Trump.

Following Bryant’s departure was confirmed by numerous sources, Trump first tweeted unrelated issues — specifically, his innocence at the ongoing impeachment proceedings. After tweeting “Nothing done wrong, READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” And retweeting others, Trump pivoted into condolences.

“Reports are that basketball fantastic Kobe Bryant and others are killed in a helicopter accident in California,” the president tweeted. “That’s terrible news”

–Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020

Former President Barack Obama also paid tribute to Bryant on Twitter. “Kobe was a legend on the court and only getting started in what could have been equally as significant a second action,” he wrote. “To eliminate Gianna is much more dreadful for us as parents. Michelle and I send prayers and love to Vanessa and the total Bryant family on an unthinkable moment.”

–Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020

Elected officials in California also reacted to Bryant’s departure. Gov. Gavin Newsom set out a statement that commended Bryant’s”raw talent and unparalleled dedication which raised the bar and paved the way for a more recent generation of gamers.”

“Despite winning five NBA championships and two gold Olympic medals, and attaining countless accolades from the sports world, he also helped enhance the lives of families and youth throughout the Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant Foundation,” the announcement read.

Other politicians tweeted the information, such as US Representative Brad Sherman from Los Angeles, that headed a Los Angeles Times article about Bryant’s departure and wrote,“It is a catastrophe to the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, and also the world.”

–Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) January 26, 2020

Condolences and tributes to Bryant and Gigi have continued to pour in during the day since the world responded to the stunning news of the deaths. Moments of silence were held in campaign events and other baseball games.

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