U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to the nation governors on Sunday that he is going to make school safety the top priority in his schedule, as a response to the increased pressure on gun control and school safety in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this month where 17 students and school officials were killed.
“I think we’ll make that first on our list because we have to end our country of what’s happening with respect to that subject,” the president said during his speech at the Governor’s Ball in Washington, D.C., in reference to the Parkland shooting.
The Hill reports that the president singled out Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott for his work after the shooting, which occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“I want to thank Governor Rick Scott of Florida. Rick, please stand up. You’re doing a great job. Really great job,” he said.
Although Trump has called for stricter background checks, baning the gun modifiers called bump stocks as well as arming teachers, Governor Scott has confronted with the president on the latter issue.
“I disagree with him,” Scott said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I believe you have to focus on people that are well-trained, law enforcement that are trained to do this. I want to make sure we have significant law enforcement presence on top of hardening the schools.”
According to The Hill, Trump used the rest of his address to the nation’s governors on Sunday to tout the economy and the Republican-backed tax reform bill.
“The economy is doing phenomenally well. I think you’ll see numbers that get better and better. The cutting of regulation has been an incredible event. People are being able now to build. They’re building and they’re farming and doing lots of things that they were having a very hard time doing,” he said. “The massive tax cuts that we’ve just gotten are now starting to kick in. So congratulations, everybody.”