During a meandering speech Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Trump doubled down on arming some teachers and school personnel after last week's shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 17 people.
Trump says he bets the lines of people waiting to enter the Capitol next week to pay respects to Graham "are going to be long and handsome, because he deserves it". He urged activists to help Republicans in the fall midterm elections and heed his recent calls to address gun violence.
In a rambling speech, Mr Trump re-iterated his plan to arm "10 or 20 per cent" of teachers.
"He certainly did a poor job". But he also has spoken of "strengthening background checks" and raising the age to buy a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, despite NRA opposition to both ideas.
"Who was that? I don't know", Trump said.
"They're not giving us their best people, folks", Trump said. "It's not 'do you love guns, do you hate guns.' It's common sense".
The audience leapt into chants of "build the wall", and "lock her up", the latter a jab at 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC "got scammed" into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence unleashed a scathing attack on "murderous" and "tyrannical" North Korea during a speech Thursday to the Conservative Political Action Conference, despite his willingness to sit down for direct talks with the communist dictatorship just two weeks ago.
Pence promised that Trump and he would keep fighting, especially on illegal immigration and security enhancements along the U.S. -Mexico border.
President Donald Trump said on Friday he wanted to review the USA military's policy of having bases be gun-free zones, noting that some soldiers killed in a shooting spree several years ago at one facility had been expert marksmen who were unarmed.
"We will see, but hopefully something positive can happen", Trump said. The crowd cheered as Trump glanced at a monitor and added, "Doesn't look bad".
His comments came minutes after National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre slammed Democrats in a speech that linked the fight over gun control with a broader fight for freedom.
Trump also joked about his 'do during and interview with Piers Morgan saying: "People find it hard to believe it's my hair but it is".
"Why do we protect our airports, our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?" the President said.
"We've accomplished much in a little more than a year, but we've got a lot more to do", Pence said.
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