President Donald Trump lashed out at media coverage of his proposal to arm some teachers by denying that he ever made it.
"I never said "give teachers guns" like was stated on Fake News CNN and NBC," the president wrote on Twitter.
However, Trump then seemed to undercut his own point by saying that some teachers should actually be armed.
"What I said was to look at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best," Trump wrote. "20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions."
The president also said that armed teachers would "serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this" -- and he said that arming teachers would be a much cheaper option than paying for armed guards.
"Far more assets at much less cost than guards," he said. "A 'gun free' school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!"
I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibil… https://t.co/Tvi4fzLbCA— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1519302388.0
....immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would als… https://t.co/wyg77QWPfn— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1519303208.0
Trump pitched his plan to arm teachers during a "listening session" with students on Wednesday, and such plans have been regularly pitched by the National Rifle Association as a potential solution to school shootings.