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Trump Slams Deputy Who Allegedly Froze During Parkland Shooting: ‘He Didn’t Have the Courage’

On his way to CPAC this morning, President Donald Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn about his recent proposal to arm teachers and the latest developments in the Parkland school shooting.

After claiming that schools being “gun free zones” make them “very dangerous,” the president addressed the recent allegation that the sheriff’s deputy assigned to guard Marjory Stoneman Douglas High froze and didn’t attempt to engage with the shooter for at least four minutes.

“Deputy Sheriff Peterson I guess his name is, I mean, they brought it out, I was surprised, but it deserves to be brought out, what he did, he’s trained his whole life,” Trump stated. “There’s an example. But when it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job.”

He continued, “There’s no question about that. He was there for five minutes, for five minutes. That was during the entire shooting. He heard it right at the beginning. So he certainly did a poor job. But that’s the case where somebody was outside, they’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward.”

Trump also called the NRA “patriots” who “love our country” while declaring that he is going to be “very, very powerful” and “strong” on background checks.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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