Fla. shooting survivor on Trump’s FBI tweets: ‘Disgusting’
— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2018
A student who survived the Florida school shooting hit back at President Trump following the president’s criticisms of the FBI following the deadly shooting last week.
“I think it’s disgusting, personally. My father’s a retired FBI agent and the FBI are some of the hardest working individuals I have ever seen in my life,” student David Hogg said during an interview on CNN.
“It’s wrong that the president is blaming them for this.”
Hogg added that Trump is in charge of the FBI.
“He can’t put that off on them. He is in charge of them and these people, what they love to do is push this off on bureaucracy and say it’s not them,” he said.
“He is in charge of the FBI … the executive branch is supposed to enforce laws and as such, President Trump is in charge of that and the FBI.”
Another student, Emma Gonzalez, also offered praise for the FBI and criticized Trump for his attacks on the bureau.
“The fact that he wants to discredit them in any way, that he’s trying to shift our focus onto them, is … it’s not acceptable,” she said.
Their comments come after 17 people were killed and 14 were wounded last week when a gunman opened fire at a high school in South Florida.
Trump on Saturday tweeted that it was “very sad” that the FBI missed signals sent out by the gunman.
“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable,” he tweeted.
“They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”
The FBI said last week it had failed to follow “protocols” when it received a tip earlier this year about the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.