Trump cites school shootings when asked about his most difficult day as president

Trump cites school shootings when asked about his most difficult day as president
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Tuesday cited school shootings when asked about his most difficult day thus far since taking office.

"When you have a school shooting, it’s tremendously — it angers me actually. It really angers me," Trump said in an interview with CSPAN.

"It frustrates everybody. You say 'how could a thing like this happen?' How is it possible when you see innocent children being killed. Teachers," he continued. "That’s something that you just never can really get over."

Trump said his reaction following a school shooting is to search for a solution, and noted that there are varying viewpoints on how best to prevent further shootings.

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He pointed to his administration's response in the wake of the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The president held a meeting with survivors and parents of victims of the shooting after a gunman opened fire, killing 17 people. His administration later recommended measures to "harden" schools against future attacks.

"Those are events that really tough to take," he said.

Some analyses show school shootings in the U.S. have been on the rise in recent years. CNN reported last week that there have been 22 school shootings thus far in 2019 in which at least one person who was not the shooter was injured or killed.

Democrats have responded to the incidents with renewed calls for stricter gun laws, while Republicans have favored improvements to background check systems while opposing restricting gun ownership.

Congress passed additional funding to expand the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.

House Democrats passed two gun control bills earlier this year, but neither has been taken up in the GOP-controlled Senate.