During Monday’s White House press briefing, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta wondered aloud if President Donald Trump’s announcement that he “believes” he would have ran into the Parkland school during the February 14 mass shooting meant he considers himself a theoretical hero.
“When the president said earlier today that he would have run into the school, was he suggesting that he could have saved the day?” Acosta asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“I think he was just stating that as a leader, he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help as a number of the individuals that were in the school, the coach and other adults and even a lot of the students stepped up and helped protect other students,” the press secretary responded. “I think the point he was making is that he would have wanted to have played a role in that as well.”
“Is he trained in firing a weapon?” Acosta pressed. “Is he trained in using a handgun or a firearm of some sort?”
“I don’t think that was the point he was making,” Sanders responded, saying the president would have wanted to take “courageous action” regardless of whether he theoretically had a gun in the event of a mass shooting.