The exact details aren't known yet, but Gov. Janet Mills said she expects President Joe Biden to visit Lewiston this Friday.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks Monday during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Credit: Evan Vucci / AP

Gov. Janet Mills expects President Joe Biden will visit Lewiston later this week in the wake of the worst mass shooting in Maine’s recent history.

Mills invited Biden to come to Lewiston and said that he’ll likely arrive Friday, although the exact details of his visit are not yet known.

Mills said Biden’s own experience with loss and grief make him uniquely suited to console a community shaken by a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 18 people and wounded 13 others.


“We’ve seen him appear in such circumstances and offer not only a helping hand, but a very sympathetic ear,” she said. “He’s a very comforting person, and he’s able to offer that comfort and support to any families who wish to see him and meet with him.”

In the immediate aftermath of last week’s mass shooting, Biden called on Republicans in Congress to “fulfill their duty to protect the American people” and pass legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He also wants Congress to support universal background checks, safe storage of guns and to end liability immunity for gun manufacturers.

Such proposals typically don’t gain much traction in Congress or the Maine Legislature, where Democrats control the House, Senate and governor’s office.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.