White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ripped into NBC News reporter Peter Alexander after he asked her what policies President Trump has pursued to stop school shootings and whether the president would speak out against them following Tuesday’s deadly shooting at a Kentucky high school.
Will Trump “go before the nation and tell Americans how he feels about this issue and try to do what he can with the bully pulpit” to stop school shootings, Alexander asked.
“Let me be very clear on this: The fact that you’re basically accusing the president of being complicit in a school shooting is outrageous,” Sanders exploded.
Alexander fired back by pointing to a recent Trump campaign ad that says Democrats who oppose the president’s immigration agenda “will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.”
“Ignoring the fact of the safety and security of our borders is very different,” Sanders responded.
Sanders claimed that Trump has “instructed the top law enforcement agency in this country to crack down on crime and to do everything we can to prevent this type of thing.”
Tuesday’s shooting at Marshall County High School, which left two 15-year-old students dead and injured 18 others, marked the 11th school shooting of 2018.