Feb 21, 2018

Trump on ending gun violence: "We're going to get it done"

President Trump hosted a listening session on Wednesday with students and parents affected by gun violence across the country. He advocated for teachers to have a concealed carry license, as well as proper training, to keep guns on them while at school to prevent future shootings from happening.

"If you had a teacher who is adept at firearms you very well could end it very quickly."
— Trump on preventing future school shootings
Trump's solutions
  • Trump added that Nikolas Cruz, the student who killed 17 other students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, "is a sick guy and he should've been nabbed many times."
  • He advocated for more background checks and a focus on mental health institutes, in addition to arming teachers saying if there were armed personnel inside the school, shooters "wouldn't go into the school to start off with, I think that very well could solve your problem."
  • "Two minutes after this meeting we're going to start working," Trump said. "It's not going to be talk like it has been in the past ... we're going to get it done."
  • Axios' Jonathan Swan reported earlier Wednesday that Trump has been saying privately he supports increasing the minimum age to buy guns like the one used in Parkland to 21.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos was in attendance as well and told the crowd that their "loss and trauma must never be in vain."

Go deeper: Students, parents and educators made emotional remarks about their experiences with gun violence and offered solutions to the president as well.

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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.