During Monday’s White House press briefing, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Donald Trump truly believes he could’ve stopped the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
His question was in response to Trump telling a group of state governors how he believes he’d “run in there even if [he] didn’t have a weapon.”
“I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too, because I know most of you,” he added.
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“When the president said earlier today that he would have run into the school, was he suggesting that he could have saved the day?” Acosta asked.
“I think he was just stating that as a leader, he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help, as a number of the individuals that were in the school — the coach and other adults and even a lot of the students — stepped up and helped protect other students,” Sanders replied. “The point he was making is that he would have wanted to have played a role in that.”
“Is he trained in firing a weapon? Is he trained in using a handgun or firearm?” Acosta followed up.
“I don’t think that was the point he was making,” Sanders said. “He was saying he would be a leader and would want to take a courageous action. A lot of the individuals that helped protect others that day weren’t carrying firearms, which I think shows that you can be helpful in that process without it.”