January 9, 2011 / 7:56 PM / 9 years ago

Obama delays trip, seeks to honor shooting victims

President Barack Obama pauses as he makes a statement about the shooting of US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and others in Tucson, Arizona, in the state dining room at the White House in Washington, January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Sunday postponed a trip to a General Electric unit later this week after the Arizona shooting of a congresswoman and called on Americans to hold a moment of silence on Monday.

“Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” he said in a statement.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Eric Beech

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