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Ivanka Trump said on Sunday that her father’s proposal to arm school teachers in the wake of the Parkland school shooting is “an idea that needs to be discussed.”
In an interview with NBC News in South Korea, where she was leading the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, the first daughter was asked if she thinks the inane proposal to arm teachers would keep students safer.
“To be honest, I don’t know,” she said. “Obviously, there would have to be an incredibly high standard for who would be able to bear arms in our school. But I think there is no one solution to creating safety.”
She added, “I think that having a teacher who is armed who cares deeply about her students or his students and who is capable and qualified to bear arms is not a bad idea, but it is an idea that needs to be discussed.”
President Trump is reportedly pushing hard for some action on guns as soon as this week. Policies on the table include spending a bunch of money on police, funding a volunteer program to “keep schools safe,” and fixing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, according to Politico.
- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel defended his “amazing leadership” during an appearance Sunday on CNN even as the Florida House speaker asked Gov. Rick Scott to remove him from office. Probably not the best response to questions of how your team handled a school shooting.
- Michelle Obama is slated to release a memoir, called Becoming, in November.
- Trump’s re-election campaign is fundraising using a photo of the president visit with Parkland survivors in the hospital.