Huckabee Sanders to Fox News reporter: ‘Taking my words out of context’ on Trump’s shooting response

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused a Fox News reporter of “taking [her] words out of context” Tuesday as the reporter questioned her about President Trump’s response to last week’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

Fox News’s John Roberts asked Sanders if Trump “has any ideas, any ideas at all, on how to address” the issue of mass shootings, or if Trump was “starting from scratch.”

“I can tell you that the president supports not having the use of bump stocks and that we expect further action on that in the coming days,” Sanders said. “I can tell you that the president doesn’t support the use of those accessories.”

{mosads}“And on the broader problem of deranged individuals getting ahold of weapons and killing people indiscriminately, does he have any ideas on how to deal with this?” Roberts asked.

Sanders replied that was “part of the conversations we’re going to have here.”

Roberts interjected, asking if Trump was “starting from scratch” on new proposals. “If he has to listen to a bunch people, if he doesn’t have ideas of his own, that would suggest he doesn’t have any ideas,” the Fox News reporter said.

“That’s not what I said. You’re taking my words out of context,” Sanders responded.

“Well, could you explain?” Roberts asked.

“Well, I was trying to before you interrupted me,” Sanders replied, before going on to note the Trump is “very focused on mental illness” and working with federal agencies to “determine the best path forward.”

Shortly after the briefing, Trump announced he had directed the Department of Justice to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic guns to be modified to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute.

The announcement comes after a mass shooting at a Florida high school last week in which 17 people were killed.

Survivors of the shooting have called on lawmakers to pass stricter gun control measures following the attack, and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing for new legislation.

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