President Donald Trump will urge U.S. officials to “do what works” on school safety in his speech at an annual conservative political summit on Friday, reiterating his call for more teachers and school officials to arm themselves in the wake of the deadly Florida shooting.
Fresh off of meetings with state, local and education officials, as well as students from the Parkland school where 17 people were killed last week, the president will make the case for “commonsense measures” aimed at curbing violence, while also arguing one of his most controversial proposals on guns during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones it just puts our students in more danger – well-trained gun-adept teachers and coaches should be able to carry concealed firearms,” Trump will say, according to prepared remarks provided to press pool reports.
During a White House listening sessions on Wednesday with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, among others, Trump argued that some school officials should be armed to cut back on casualties during mass shooting.
“We should do what works,” Trump will say of the push for school safety. “This includes commonsense measures that will protect the rights of law-abiding Americans while helping to keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves and to others.”
The president is expected to also pay homage to Billy Graham, the prominent American pastor and longtime presidential adviser who passed away this week at 99.
“We will never forget the historic crowds, the voice, the energy, and the profound faith of a preacher named Billy Graham,” Trump will say.
The president is also expected to unveil a slate of sanctions against North Korea by the Treasury Department, which he touts as “the largest ever.”
“The Treasury Department will soon be taking new action to further cut off sources of revenue and fuel that the regime uses to fund its nuclear program and sustain its military by targeting 56 vessels, shipping companies, and trade businesses that are assisting North Korea in evading sanctions,” the prepared remarks read.