During a meeting at the White House on Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) confronted President Trump over his proposal to arm teachers in order to prevent school shootings.
In a surprising move, Inslee stood up and blasted Trump’s controversial idea during a meeting with the nation’s governors at the White House, telling Trump that law enforcement agencies and instructors are both alarmed by the idea of teachers “packing heat” around young children.
He also scolded the president over his tweeting habit.
“So I just suggest we need a little less tweeting here, a little more listening,” said Inslee. “Let’s just take that off the table and move forward.”
According to The Hill, the president stood with his arms folded but did not directly respond to the Washington governor’s comment. Instead, he called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to explain how teachers and coaches are trained to carry firearms in his state.
The stunning confrontation came during an hourlong appearance by Trump, during which he spoke about issues ranging from immigration and North Korea to trade and the economy.
But the central focus of the meeting was the nation’s gun laws, which have come under increasing scrutiny following this month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Trump has come under pressure from Democrats, and some Republicans, to approve stricter laws cracking down on the type of rifle that was used in the shooting, which left 17 dead.
Trump has floated a wide-range of proposals but has placed the greatest emphasis on arming teachers, an idea that has run into opposition from Democrats and many Republicans, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).