Earlier today, President Donald Trump criticized the actions of former Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who waited to go into a school building during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. The president said that even if he didn’t have a weapon, he feels he would have run into the building to help stop the shooting.
During today’s press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta pressed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Trump’s comments and if he was “suggesting that he could have saved the day.”
“I think he was just stating that as a leader, he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help as a number of the individuals that were in the school, the coach and other adults and even a lot of the students stepped up and helped protect other students,” Sanders responded. “I think the point he was making is that he would have wanted to have played a role in that as well.”
Acosta pushed back, asking Sanders: “Is he trained in firing a weapon? Is he trained in using a handgun or a firearm of some sort?”
“I don’t think that was the point he was making. He was saying that he would be a leader and would want to take a courageous action,” she answered. “A lot of the individuals that helped protect others that day weren’t carrying firearms, which I think shows that you can be helpful in that process without it.”
The CNN correspondent went on to ask the press secretary what she would say to parents who are worried about teachers and faculty members “packing heat in school,” leading Sanders to note that was why they are “having this conversation.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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