President Donald Trump met with dozens of governors from around the country on Monday, days after he vocally defended the National Rifle Association at CPAC and proposed arming teachers as a means to prevent school shootings.
But one governor told Trump to his face that he was way off the mark.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee stood up and spoke out against the proposal that teachers should be carrying weapons on campus, noting that law enforcement experts and instructors are concerned by the idea. Inslee also took a jab at the ways Trump floats or lends his support to such ideas.
“Now this is a circumstance where I think we need to listen — that educators should educate, and they should not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat in first-grade classes,” Inslee said. “I just suggest that we need a little less tweeting here, and a little more listening.”
As Inslee spoke, Trump stood with his arms folded and did not directly respond to the comment. Afterwards, he did have Texas governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, explain how teachers and coaches are trained to carry firearms in his state.
Watch the exchange below:
WOW — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) challenges Trump to his face on his plan to arm teachers, tells him "we need to listen to educators and they should not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat."
Trump responds by crossing his arms and quickly changing topic pic.twitter.com/ikjXvJ56Mc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2018
Also during the meeting — which largely focused on gun laws following the school shooting in Parkland, FL this month that left 17 people dead — Trump doubled down on his attacks on the Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies who remained outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland as the attack unfolded.
Trump told the governors that he would have responded differently.
“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump said to the gathered governors.
Trump also said he dined with several NRA leaders, saying both that the governors would sometimes have to fight the gun-rights lobbying group and work with them.
“Don’t worry about the NRA,” Trump said. ”They’re on our side. Half of you are so afraid of the NRA — there’s nothing to be afraid of.”
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