Trump at Governors' Ball: School safety is top priority

Trump at Governors' Ball: School safety is top priority
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President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE told governors on Sunday that he will make school safety a top priority following the shooting in Parkland, Fla., earlier this month that took the lives of 17 people. 

"I think we'll make that first on our list, because we have to end our country of what's happening with respect to that subject," the president said at the Governors' Ball in Washington, D.C., in reference to the Parkland shooting.

The president singled out Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) for his work after the shooting, which occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


"I want to thank Governor Rick Scott of Florida. Rick, please stand up. You're doing a great job. Really great job," he said.  

Trump has called for expanding background checks, floated a ban on bump stocks and proposed arming teachers in the days after the shooting. Scott has broken with the president, however, on the latter issue.

"I disagree with him," Scott said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

"I believe you have to focus on people that are well-trained, law enforcement, that are trained to do this. I want to make sure we have significant law enforcement presence on top of hardening the schools." 

Trump used the rest of his address to the nation's governors on Sunday to tout the economy and the Republican-backed tax-reform bill. 

"The economy is doing phenomenally well. I think you'll see numbers that get better and better. The cutting of regulation has been an incredible event. People are being able now to build. They're building and they're farming and doing lots of things that they were having a very hard time doing," he said. "The massive tax cuts that we've just gotten are now starting to kick in. So congratulations, everybody."