WH: Trump Is Saying He Would Have Taken ‘Courageous Action’ by Running Into Florida School During Shooting

Melanie Arter | February 26, 2018 | 11:46pm EST
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Monday that when President Donald Trump said that he would have run into the high school in Parkland, Fla., to save the students during the shooting, he was saying he “would be a leader and would want to take a courageous action.”

During a session with the nation’s governors at the White House, Trump said, “You know, I really believe -- you don't know until you test it -- but I really believe I'd run in there, even if I didn't had a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too, because I know most of you, but the way they performed was really a disgrace.”

The president had also criticized the Florida deputy who was working at the school but stood outside at the time of the shooting as well as other Broward County deputies who reportedly did not enter the high school during the shooting.

“Plus, you know, I got to watch some deputy sheriffs performing this week, and they weren't exactly Medal of Honor winners,” Trump said. “The way they performed was, frankly, disgusting. They were listening to what was going on. The one in particular, he was then -- he was early, and then you had three others that probably a similar deal a little bit later, but a similar kind of a thing.”

A reporter asked whether the president was suggesting he could have saved the day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “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. I think the point he was making is that he would have wanted to have played a role in that as well.”

When asked whether the president has any firearms training, Sanders said, “I don't think that was the point he was making. He was saying that he would be a leader and would want to take a courageous action, and 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.”

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