Parkland student: Trump ‘does care about stopping school violence’
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A student survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting last month credited President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE on Saturday with being focused on ending school violence.

“I really think that he does care about stopping school violence [by signing] the Stop the School Violence Act into law,” Kyle Kashuv, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said on Fox News.

“You have to respect the presidency to get stuff done and the president understood that the way they were going about it was wrong,” Kashuv added about his fellow students who are calling for stricter gun measures.


A number of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday that drew hundreds of thousands of people. The students called for lawmakers to pass stricter gun measures to curb violence at schools. 

Kashuv said he wasn’t invited to speak at the “March for Our Lives” rally, despite him being in favor of gun reform.

He also criticized his fellow student David Hogg, who has become an outspoken advocate for gun control, for ending a call with the White House looking to invite him to an event on curbing violence in schools. Kashuv called the move “dumb and immature.”

“It paints a bad light on our entire generation,” he said.

Kashuv said that he spoke with people at Saturday’s rally and found that they don’t understand what they are marching for, pointing to the group's website.

“They think they are marching to end school violence but in reality, the ‘March for Our Lives’ website has it listed that they want to ban assault rifles,” Kashuv said.

“If you don’t know what you are marching for, that is an issue.”

The White House released a statement earlier Saturday applauding students for "exercising their First Amendment rights" while underscoring a number of steps Trump has taken on school safety following the Parkland shooting.

Kashuv visited the White House earlier this month to speak with first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Melania spokeswoman calls for boycott of TI over video The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage MORE about an app he is building that lets students reach out to one another when they are in need of help.

Kashuv also reportedly met with a handful of lawmakers, including Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.), Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElection Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP strategist says Trump could want border wall fight to continue to excite base McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' MORE (D-Calif.) and Vice President Pence, to discuss gun reform.