Axios Feb 21
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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.

Quote"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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Zuckerberg admits Facebook "breach of trust"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks wearing a t-shirt, with trees behind him
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Mark Zuckerberg weighed in on what he called the "Cambridge Analytica situation" today in a Facebook post, saying there was a "a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that."

"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it."

Why it matters: Facebook has been under extraordinary pressure from lawmakers, regulators and Wall Street to respond to the issue.

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Trump to announce anti-China tariffs tomorrow

President Donald Trump
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President Trump plans to unveil his aggressive package of tariffs against China tomorrow, with a charge led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that will use Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to target Beijing.

The big picture: Two sources with direct knowledge tell me Kevin Hassett has been crunching the numbers, and the dollar value of the tariffs will likely be around $50 billion per year — or slightly less. The administration has used an algorithm to select a batch of Chinese products and then apply tariff rates to those products in a way that will hopefully limit the harm to American consumers.