President Trump says arming teachers in schools is ‘up to states’

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US President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul on November 8, 2017. Trump's marathon Asia tour moves to South Korea, another key ally in the struggle with nuclear-armed North Korea, but one with deep reservations about the US president's strategy for dealing with the crisis. / AFP PHOTO / Laurent FIEVET AND Lee Jin-man (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET,LEE JIN-MAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says arming teachers as a deterrent against school shootings is “Up to States.”

Trump has promoted the idea of putting “gun-adept” teachers and staff in schools with concealed firearms to protect students after this month’s shooting at a Florida high school killed 17 people.

But neither Trump nor the White House has said who would pay to train them. Trump has also called for giving bonuses to educators who volunteer to carry a firearm.

Here’s his latest tweet: “Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them. Very smart people. Must be firearms adept & have annual training. Should get yearly bonus. Shootings will not happen again – a big & very inexpensive deterrent. Up to States.”

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