Trump news today: President says he would have confronted Parkland shooter


ALERT: President Donald J. Trump is expected to visit Mar-a-Lago this weekend. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert to pilots this morning warning of VIP movement March 2-3. Trump’s 2020 campaign is also hosting a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night.

The president is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday, after attending the funeral of televangelist Bill Graham. 

12:32 p.m.: The president told a meeting of governors this morning that he would have rushed the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Last week he called Scot Peterson, the Broward County Sheriff deputy who did not enter the school, a “coward.” Today, Trump said it was “disgusting” that Peterson did not go in, according to a pool report from the meeting.

“I really believe I would have,” Trump said during a “business session” with governors from around the U.S. “You never know until you are tested.”

Trump  said he had lunch  over the weekend  with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and executive director Chris Cox.

“Don’t worry about the NRA. They’re on our side.”

According to the press pool report, the president vowed to “write off” bump stocks, an attachment that makes a semi-automatic weapon — like an AR-15 rifle — shoot nearly as fast as fully-automatic machine guns.

“I don’t care of Congress doesn’t act,” Trump said. “We’re getting rid of it.”

The president also called for the return of mental institutions and making it easier for law enforcement to take away guns from the mentally ill.

“We’re going to have to start talking about mental institutions,” the president said. “In the old days” it was easier to commit people who acted “like a boiler ready to explode,” the president said, according to the pool report.

The president again pushed for arming teachers and school staff.

When the president opened up the meeting for discussion, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee from Washington state told the president “We need a little less tweeting and a little more listening.”

The president did not respond.

10:49 a.m.: As Trump meets governors this morning, the Parkland shooting tops the agenda.

10:29 a.m.: The White House has confirmed that the president will attend the funeral of televangelist Graham on Friday. 

The FAA has also issued an alert to pilots in the area of Charlotte, North Carolina. Graham is to be buried Friday on the grounds of his namesake library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

6:52 a.m.: The president singled out Florida Gov. Rick Scott for praise at the Governors’ Ball on Sunday  night. Scott was the only governor the president singled out.

“I want to thank Governor Rick Scott of Florida. Rick, please stand up. You're doing a great job. Really great job.”

Here is President Trump’s schedule today.

10:40 a.m.: The president hosts the 2018 White House Business Session with governors.

11:45 a.m.: Daily intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m.: Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

2:30 p.m.: Meeting with credit union representatives.

3:15 p.m.: Meeting with Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady.

At daybreak, the president has not posted any tweets.


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