The Single Question That Brought Sarah Huckabee Sanders To Tears
US teenagers still want answers from the White House.
What you need to know
- A 13-year-old reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders what the administration was doing to fight gun violence
- Sanders, a mother of three, became emotional during her response
- CNN reports there have been 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed this year.
In a momentary break from her normally stoic character, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders choked back tears when responding to a child's question about his fear of getting shot at school.
During a regular press briefing, 13-year-old Benje Choucroun appeared to catch Sanders off guard when he asked what exactly the Trump administration was doing to keep children safe while at school after explaining that his school had recently undergone a lock down drill.
"One thing that affects my and other student’s mental health is the worry about the fact that we or a friend could get shot at school,” he said.
“Specifically, can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?”
Sanders, who is both a proven expert at defending Trump's shortcomings and a mother of three, appeared to choke back tears as she responded.
“I think that as a kid and certainly as a parent there is nothing that could be more terrifying for a kid to go to school and not feel safe,” Sanders said with a quivering voice.
“So I’m sorry that you feel that way.”
She then went on to answer the young boy's question.
"This administration takes it seriously, and the school safety commission that the president convened is meeting this week. Again, an official meeting to discuss the best ways forward and how we can do every single thing within our power to protect kids in our schools and to make kids feel safe and to make their parents feel good about dropping them off.”
Benje Choucroun, a student at Marin Country Day School in California, was in Washington covering the White House's Sports and Fitness Day for Time for Kids Magazine.
Editor in Chief of TIME magazine Edward Felsenthal took to Twitter to praise the young reporter for his question, saying he was proud that Time "has a deep bench."
Choucroun's question comes after a horror year of school shootings in the US and an equally horrifying government response, which has included support of arming teachers to combat the attacks.
Less than three months after the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida which saw 17 people gunned down and sparked a youth-led gun reform movement, President Trump assured National Rifle Association members at their annual summit he would protect their rights to bare arms.
“Your Second Amendment rights are under siege,” Trump told some 8,000 gun enthusiasts.
“But they will never be under siege as long as I am President.”
Two weeks later, in response to an attack in which 10 were killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas, Trump made more pledges, this time to the survivors of gun violence.
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