President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka said in an interview on Sunday that she is unsure if her father’s suggestion to arm teachers as a way to prevent future school shootings would be effective, but added that it is an option that requires further discussion.
“To be honest, I don’t know,” the daughter and senior adviser of the president told NBC News when asked whether the proposal would make children safer.
The Hill reports that the first daughter, who’s currently in South Korea, where she attended the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, said it was nonetheless an option worth considering.
“Obviously, there would have to be an incredibly high standard for who would be able to bear arms in our school,” she said.
“But I think there is no one solution for creating safety.”
Ivanka’s comments come after Trump pushed the idea to arm teachers as a way to stop future mass shootings several times during the weekend.
“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, that could very well end the attack very quickly,” Trump said when he met with the survivors of the Florida shooting that resulted with 17 dead.
“We’re going to be looking at that very strongly. And I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like it.”
Trump, despite heavy criticism from gun-control advocates kept to his idea of arming teachers.
“If they go into a school, a gun-free zone is like target practice for these guys,” he said on Fox News.
According to The Hill, Ivanka Trump on Sunday said that despite her ambivalence, arming “capable,” “qualified” teachers was “not a bad idea, but it’s an idea that needs to be discussed.”
She also said that she also used her visit to reaffirm Washington’s commitment to supporting Seoul in the face of tensions with neighboring Pyongyang, whose weapons program has sparked concerns of a possible conflict.
The first daughter also addressed the comparisons made between her and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“I would far prefer to be compared to my sisters in South Korea, who are thriving in this incredible democracy,” Ivanka told NBC News.