US should fund safe schools before Ukraine: Trump

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Washington, May 28 (UNI) Former US President Donald Trump called upon US lawmakers to prioritise funding for school security rather than sending military aid to Ukraine, BBC reported on Saturday.

Trump was speaking at the annual pro-gun conference of the NRA, where he questioned how the US “has $40 billion to send to Ukraine” but cannot ensure security in its own schools.

The meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the largest US gun group, is taking place in Houston, close to Uvalde where the school massacre took place a few days ago.

“Before we nation-build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children in our own nation,” Trump said, drawing loud applause.

Earlier this month, the US Congress overwhelmingly voted to send nearly $40bn (£31bn) in military aid to Ukraine, making it a total of $54bn worth of military aid to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February.

Trump also rejected calls for tightened gun controls, saying decent Americans should be allowed firearms to defend themselves against what he called “evil”, instead proposing a “top-to-bottom overhaul” of school safety, with fortified single points of entry including metal detectors and at least one armed police officer on every campus. He accused Democrats of stonewalling such security measures.

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