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- During a trip to South Korea, Ivanka Trump said the idea of arming teachers after a school shooting in Florida was “not a bad idea.”
- Trump took no position – saying she didn’t know whether it was a good idea – but said having armed teachers who cared and were capable and qualified “needs to be discussed.”
- President Donald Trump has already proposed some gun-control measures the National Rifle Association has pushed back on.
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of and special adviser to the president, on Sunday discussed the prospect of arming teachers as a way to combat and deter school shootings, saying it was “not a bad idea.”
In an interview with NBC during her trip to South Korea for the closing of the Winter Olympics, Trump was asked whether she thought arming teachers would make students safer. She neither supported nor condemned the idea.
“To be honest, I don’t know,” Trump 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 for creating safety.”
Trump, who has advised her father on key decisions before, previewed what she might say if she were to advise him on the issue.
“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,” Trump said.
On Monday, President Donald Trump is set to meet with US governors for an annual meeting in which the Florida shooting that left 17 people dead is expected to dominate the agenda.
The president has already held a listening session with students and teachers about the tragedy and announced plans for some gun-control measures, plans the NRA has already pushed back on. He drew wide condemnation from teachers groups after talking up the idea of arming teachers, which he now says he’ll leave up to the states to decide.