White House: Trump sees active shooter drills as a bad ‘brand’

While President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE supports active shooter drills in schools, he dislikes the name because he sees it as a bad brand that scares children, the White House said Thursday.

“[Trump] said the term active shooter drill could be frightening for young children,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said at the daily briefing. “I think a drill that's, you know that has a different name …[so] the brand of it ... doesn’t frighten children might be a better way to approach it.”


“I think safety drills which help in these types of situations would be more appropriate,” Shah said. “The term active shooter drill for a young child could be very frightening.” 

Trump earlier on Thursday said that he believes “active shooter drills” are “a negative thing.” He also described “active shooter drills” as a defensive, rather than offensive measure during a listening session with state and local officials.

The president made the case that teachers and school officials with proper training should be armed to fight back against potential gunmen.