Oct 27, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump: U.S. needs to stiffen death penalty laws

Before boarding Air Force One on his way to the Future Farmers of America convention, President Trump responded to the Pittsburgh shooting saying the U.S. should "stiffen up" death penalty laws and people who commit such crimes should "pay the ultimate price."

Trump also added that places of worship should consider adding armed guards at doors. "If there was an armed guard inside the temple they would have been able to stop him, maybe there would have been nobody killed, except for him frankly," he said. The president says he will release a statement when he attends the Future Farmers of America event Saturday.

When asked about how heightened gun laws would have played in a situation like this, President Trump responded, "this has little to do with gun laws ... if they had protection inside this would have been a lot better. Maybe it could have been a much different situation, they didn't [have protection] and he was able to do things he shouldn't have been able to do."

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