President Donald Trump claimed Monday that he would have rushed into the Florida high school during a mass shooting earlier this month that killed 17 people and called it “disgusting” that an officer assigned to the school didn’t enter the building while the attack was underway.
“I really believe I’d run in, even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump said during a White House meeting with governors from across the country, adding that he thinks the governors assembled also would have rushed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “You never know until you’re tested,” he added.
The White House meeting focused in part on the school shooting and the wider issue of gun control. Trump has been highly critical of former Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who remained outside the school during the Feb. 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida. Peterson resigned last week.
An attorney for Peterson on Monday denied that his client had acted unprofessionally and cowardly during the shooting, according to The Associated Press.
Joseph DiRuzzo said Peterson didn’t go inside the school because it had sounded as if the shooting was happening outside the building, the AP reported.
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