During an impromptu chat with reporters on the South Lawn, President Donald Trump went out of his way to name the Florida sheriff’s deputy who did not intervene at the Parkland high school shooting, saying he did a “very poor job.”
With Broward County Sheriff Steve Israel admitting on Thursday night that the school resource officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day of the shooting never went into the building when a “code red” was called, Trump name-checked the officer on national TV.
En route to speak at CPAC, Trump was asked once more about the shooting.
“The Parkland sheriff was armed and didn’t go in, does that give you any pause?” Trump was asked with a reference to his call to have armed officials on school campuses.
“Deputy Sheriff Peterson, I guess his name is,” Trump immediately replied. “They brought it out, I was surprised. It deserves to be brought out. What he did — he’s trained, but when it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job.”
“There’s no question about that,” he continued. “He was there for five minutes, for five minutes. that was during the entire shooting. He heard it right at the beginning and he certainly did a poor job. But that’s the case where somebody was outside. They’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward. It was a real shock to the police department.”
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