Sarah Sanders Accuses NBC’s Peter Alexander of Implying Trump’s ‘Complicit in a School Shooting’
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not take kindly to being asked what exact steps president Donald Trump is going to take to stop school shootings.
NBC News’ White House correspondent Peter Alexander asked Sanders what the Trump administration was doing to ensure that school shootings, like the one that happened on Tuesday in Kentucky, do not happen again. (The president tweeted after the briefing that his “thoughts and prayers” were with the victims and their families.)
“There have been 11 shootings at schools in the first 23 days of this year,” Alexander said.
“Students fearing for their lives while they’re attempting to get an education is unacceptable, certainly,” Sanders responded. She then did a quick pivot, saying that “we’ve had two years of increased violence prior to this president taking office.”
“To be clear… we all agree that we want students to be safe in schools. That’s not in dispute,” Alexander replied. “The question is what is the policy the president is willing to pursue, or actively direct others to pursue, to help make sure that these students are safe?”
Sanders alluded to “a number of firearm provisions” DOJ instructed ATF to review, but then spoke again about the crime wave that was occurring “long before” Trump took office.
Alexander asked why the president hasn’t used the “bully pulpit” to tell the American people how he feels about school shootings and to try to help the situation, at which point Sanders got frustrated.
“The fact that you’re basically accusing the president of being complicit in a school shooting is outrageous,” Sanders said, to incredulity from Alexander.
Watch above, via CNN.
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