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- President Trump: He doubled down on his proposal to arm “well-trained, gun adept” education officials in response to school shootings.
- Florida shooting: Gov. Rick Scott wants to raise the minimum age to buy firearm. Sources told CNN three other sheriff’s deputies stood outside the high school with pistols drawn during shooting.
- Special counsel probe: Former Trump aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty to two criminal charges. New charges were filed against Paul Manafort.
Samantha Fuentes, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who was shot during last week’s massacre, said she spoke with President Trump over the phone while at the hospital.
“One of the first things he said to me is that he heard I was a big fan of his and he was a big fan of mine,” she said. “He was just trying to console me and let me know that everything was going to be OK.”
During their phone conversation, Fuentes said Trump described the school shooter as a “sick puppy” and used the words “Oh boy” about eight times.
I can’t say that I was consoled or helped,” she said.
Fuentes said she’s not sure why Trump thought she was big fan of his because she’s never met or talked to him.
“It’s just that when you go through a very traumatic experience such as this one, you have to be very delicate in the way that you phrase your words to people and I don’t feel that he took any caution or any regard for what I was going through and that kind of hurt my feelings,” she said.
The 18-year-old senior added that she appreciated the concern.