Trump news today: Arming teachers,  praise for NRA leaders and Bondi gets a good seat


UPDATE 10:03 p.m.: Minutes after Fox TV host Tucker Carlson interviewed a Parkland high school student who claimed CNN rewrote the question he wanted to ask at the network’s town hall on Wednesday, the president fired off a tweet blasting CNN.

The student, Colton Haab, said he initially wrote an essay. When a CNN producer asked him for questions, he responded. Habb said the network re-wrote his question and told him to stick to the script. 

The president also took a swipe at MSNBC, although that network was not involved in the town hall. 

As of 10 p.m. CNN had not responded.

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UPDATE 5:03 p.m.: The White House has just released a 30-page statement on the president’s school safety rountable today.

In it, the president suggests giving bonuses to trained teachers and school staff who carry guns.

“And what I would recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus. Frankly, they'd feel more comfortable having a gun anyway. But yolu give them a little bit of a bonus.”

Guns on campus could also be a deterrent, the president said. 

“And, by the way, instead of advertising, "This school has no guns. We are gun-free," you let the people know the opposite. Nobody is going to attack that school, believe me. Because they're cowards. They don't want to be shot at. And they're going to be shot at.”

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi lucked out with the seating arrangement at today’s roundtable on school security at the White House. 

Also weighing in on arming teachers: Bill Bratton, former New York City Police Commission.

And Lily Eckelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

ORIGINAL STORY: A day after the gun control debate consumed the country with marches, town halls and student walk-outs, the president fueled the debate with a barage of early morning tweets - 5 in 45 minutes - about gun control. 

The twitter storm began with a swipe at CNN and NBC, saying the networks misquoted him. Trump said he did not say “give teachers guns,” but instead look at the possibility of allowing teachers trained to use firearms to carry concealed weapons in schools.

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Again, the president suggested that if 20 percent of teachers were armed, they could “immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to the school...”

Trump said only teachers “adept” at shooting should be allowed to carry. However, the president did not say why 20 percent would be enough to deter or stop a gunman.

The tweets generated more than 116,000 comments and 100,000 retweets.

Trump followed up at 9:31 a.m. with a tweets praising NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Executive Director Chris Cox, calling the men “Great People and Great American Patriots.

Trump posted the tweet about the same time LaPierre was address CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservatives outside Washington.

David Frum, author of the New York Times bestseller Trumpocracy, offered an a-political insight, focusing on an interesting and slightly humorous consequence of arming teachers.

About noon, Trump switched to Instagram, where he continued his social media campaign on gun control with a post and photo from this morning’s School Safety Roundtable at the White House attended by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

In another Instagram post at 1:15 p.m., Trump said he would push for comprehensive background checks,  raising the age limit to 21 and banning the sale of bump stocks.


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