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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Florida school shooting that killed 17 people has created a “window” for reforming gun laws in the U.S., according to a Republican governor.

“Everything kind of has its time,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview that aired Sunday on This Week. “If we can move this thing significantly forward, our country will be safer. Our children will be safer. But we’ve got a moment now, a window.”

President Donald Trump responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by promoting the idea of putting "gun-adept" teachers and staff carrying concealed firearms in classrooms and schools to protect students.

Kasich, a Republican, said he believes it is “reasonable” to give teachers the option of being armed at school.

“If there are teachers who say, ‘Look, I want to take training, I want to be able to be in a strong position,' if there is a way in which they can volunteer and get into a position of where they can be a protection for kids, I think that’s reasonable,” he said.

Kasich was interviewed along with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, whose state was the site of both the Columbine High School gun massacre nearly 20 years ago that killed 13 and a 2012 shooting inside a movie theater in which 12 died.

Hickenlooper said he is open to possibly allowing teachers to carry guns, but doesn’t believe many educators would want to take that on.

“I can count on one hand the number of teachers who said they wanted to be trained and wanted to be able to carry a gun,” Hickenlooper said. “So I agree with John here that if volunteers want to do this, and this is something they're willing to go through serious training and really be responsibly prepared for any situation -- you know, that's something we can look into.”

“But the expectation that you're going to get 20 percent of teachers to go through that training and want it -- it was not my experience,” Hickenlooper added.

The Colorado governor said the overall failure to pass gun control in the U.S. has allowed the places where "we create community” to be threatened.

“We’re at that point where we’re allowing ourselves to be terrorized by ourselves,” Hickenlooper said. "If you wanted to weaken this country, what better way to do it than to make children afraid to go to school? And you look at -- it’s not just schools, it’s churches, if you listen to a country-music concert.”

In 2014, Colorado enacted legislation requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, which has proved successful, the Democratic governor said.

“It was a big political battle,” he said. “But universal background checks -- they work.”

Hickenlooper added that he would like to see restrictions on access to assault weapons, saying, “I don’t think we should have military-grade weapons available to teenagers, to start.”

A full ban on assault weapons is "still a tough sell," he said. "But, you know, this is all a function of public sentiment. I think public sentiment is clearly changing, and there are more and more people out there just saying military-grade weapons don’t belong out on the streets.”

Kasich voted for an assault weapons ban in 1994 when he was a member of Congress. The law was put in place but expired in 2004.

The Republican governor said he believes that legislation now should focus on the size of gun magazines.

“Why do you have to have a weapon with 30 bullets on it?” Kasich said of large-capacity magazines. “Can you limit that?”

The 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people -- mostly students -- at Stoneman Douglas opened fire at the school with an AR-15-style rifle, according to police.

“To me, if you can get at the ammunition, then you will have made a significant impact on the ability of somebody, without reloading, to cause enormous damage,” Kasich said. “And maybe we’ll see [President Trump] buy into that.”

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he believes Americans could be witnessing the “end of a two-party system.”

“I don't think either party is answering people's deepest concerns and needs,” Kasich told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview that aired Sunday on This Week. “I mean, I don't think it's going to happen tomorrow. But I think, over time, do not be surprised if these millennials and these Gen-Xers begin to say, ‘Neither party works. We want something new.’”

Kasich ran for the GOP nomination for president in 2016 and, after losing the primary to Donald Trump, withheld his endorsement from the Republican nominee in the general election against Democrat Hillary Clinton. He said in a recent book that he could not “set aside everything I believed for the good of the party.”

Asked by Karl on This Week if other Republicans may be putting aside their beliefs to support Trump, Kasich turned to criticizing the Democratic Party for having "no agenda."

“You know, people want me to criticize my party. Let me tell you about the Democrats. I have no clue what they stand for,” Kasich said. “And we are heading into a midterm election where they are counting on the Republicans bouncing the basketball off of their foot and out of bounds. ... But how can you have a national political party that has no agenda?”

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, who was interviewed along with Kasich, said, “Right now, both parties don’t seem capable of having a coherent agenda.”

Kasich and Hickenlooper have recently sought to transcend the sharp political divisions in the U.S. to find bipartisan solutions on critical issues such as health care and immigration.

Both are nearing the end of their gubernatorial terms and could be candidates for president in 2020.

Hickenlooper said there is still "a lot to do” in Colorado, and as to a possible 2020 bid, he said, "I haven't formed a PAC. I don't have committees all over the country. I'm not doing those things.”

It's a "maybe" whether he'll run, he said.

Kasich, who was the last rival to Trump to exit the 2016 race for the Republican nomination, refused to say whether he would mount a primary challenge against the sitting president.

“I have no idea what I'm going to do. I'd like to have a voice, I'd like to be constructive, I like to rally people," Kasich said. "But, frankly, in the end, at the end of the day, it's in the hands of the Lord as to what my future is.”

Kasich spoke of the demands of a presidential campaign while also conceding he is a "maybe" on a 2020 presidential bid.

“I don't think about it. You know what, because I can't predict the future," the Ohio governor said. "Do I sit around at night and think, 'Do I want to go through running for president again?' Did you ever try it? Go try it once and give me a call. See how much fun it is.”

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have released a redacted memo meant to push back on Republicans' claims of DOJ and FBI abuse of government surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser.

President Donald Trump objected to the release of the memo two weeks ago, citing national security concerns.

In a letter to the committee at the time, White House counsel Don McGahn said the 10-page document contained "numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" and asked the panel to work with the Justice Department to revise the document.

Democrats spent a week negotiating redactions to the memo with the FBI ahead of its release Saturday. The negotiations wrapped up last week, according to a committee official, and the panel received the memo from the DOJ on Saturday afternoon.

Democrats say the document is a rebuttal to claims made in a Republican-authored memo released by the committee.

"The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, the top Democrat on the committee, said in a statement Saturday.

The White House appeared to claim Saturday that the Democrats’ document vindicated Trump in the ongoing Russia investigation.

"As the President has long stated, neither he nor his campaign ever colluded with a foreign power during the 2016 election, and nothing in today’s memo counters that fact,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

President Trump also took to Twitter Saturday to call the Democratic memo "a total political and legal bust" that "confirms all of the terrible things that were done. So Illegal!"

The heavily redacted document said the FBI and the Justice Department "did not abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act" and added that the FBI "would have been remiss in their duty to protect the country had they not sought" surveillance of Carter Page, the former advisor.

Republicans alleged that the DOJ and FBI relied too heavily on unverified intelligence in a dossier prepared by former British spy, Christopher Steele, in their surveillance applications –- and that law enforcement officials did not inform the court that the research was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign.

In their memo, Democrats said law enforcement "cited multiple sources" of reasons to be interested in Page, and properly disclosed them to the FISA court while only making "narrow" use of the information from the so-called Steele dossier.

Democrats also claimed that the DOJ, in subsequent FISA renewal applications, "provided additional information obtained through multiple independent sources that corroborated Steele’s reporting" about Page’s meetings with Russian officials in Moscow in 2016.

The Democratic memo said the dossier "did not inform the FBI’s decision to initiate its counterintelligence investigation" and also said FISA court was told there was evidence the Russians "took interest" in Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos.

Democrats revealed in their memo that the FBI had already opened "sub-inquiries into...individuals linked to the Trump campaign" by the time the Steele dossier made its way to the agents conducting the Russia counterintelligence probe in September 2016. The names of those other individuals are redacted in the memo.

Democrats also claimed that the DOJ "provided additional information obtained through multiple independent sources that corroborated" Steele’s information.

Page called the memo a "smear campaign" against him and called for the “immediate disclosure of all my FISA applications and other relevant documents,” in a statement Saturday evening.

"This latest smear campaign by DNC loyalists is going to turn out the same way as their original multi-million dollar attack of 2016," Page said in the statement. "As we’ve seen many times before with the felonious news leaks of the past year, this new round of misinformation surrounding efforts by Washington to illegally influence the 2016 election inflicts even more damages on the instigating perpetrators from the swamp."

The release of the Democratic memo ends the latest chapter of the House Intelligence Committee's divisive Russia investigation. The traditionally bipartisan panel has struggled to conduct its work amid partisan sniping over its investigation into Russian election interference and allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The situation has become so unworkable that the committee is planning to build a physical barrier between Republican and Democratic staff in their shared secure office space in the basement of the Capitol, according to sources familiar with the situation.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday in support of arming teachers following this month's deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, saying educators should have annual training and proposing they should get a yearly bonus for being armed.

Trump has supported the idea in recent days amid the national conversation on combatting mass shootings, but in this tweet, he said arming teachers should be "up to States."

"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," he tweeted.

Earlier Saturday morning, Trump retweeted his own tweet from two days ago, in which he calls for background checks "with an emphasis on mental health," raising the age to be eligible to purchase a gun to 21, and banning bump stocks.

Over the past week, the president has mentioned several proposals besides arming teachers, including strengthening background checks, raising the age restriction for gun purchases, bump stock bans, and adding more mental health resources. The White House is also looking at so-called "red-flag" laws, or extreme risk protection orders, at the state level.

"I think some states have had these red-flag laws for example, that remove firearms after you go to a judge for potentially dangerous individuals," White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said during Thursday's briefing. "That's something that's being done right now in a variety of states, right?  They have due process rights for these individuals.  It seems to be working in certain areas.  That's something that we're looking at and other places we're looking at."

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Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Joe Kennedy III thinks the U.S. needs to do more to stop gun violence in the wake of the recent mass shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school.

Kennedy expressed strong opinions on the necessity of Congress taking more action and discredited the debate being focused on mental health issues.

“We’re not doing enough," Kennedy, D-Mass., said during an appearance on Friday on "The View." "I came into office in 2013. I can't even tell you how many times we have uttered our thoughts and prayers to the victims and survivors of gun violence and thoughts aren't doing it. Democrats have tried and staged a sit-in for hours trying to get a vote on the House floor for a single piece.”

Kennedy, 37, who is on his third term, delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union in January.

Kennedy emphasized the importance of speaking up.

“The folks being able to hold Republican leadership accountable are not going to be Democrats in the House, it’s going to be the American people saying, 'We want this, we want to protect our kids.'”

On Trump’s proposal to give bonuses to teachers who carry guns, Kennedy opposed the idea, saying that “making sure that more and more people have guns” is not “the right way to protect our children in schools.”

Trump suggested the idea of arming teachers and school staff on Wednesday after listening to emotional narratives from survivors and the families and friends of mass shooting victims.

“The first big bill out of Congress was a bill to cut Medicaid, the largest payer of mental health service in this country, by $800 billion. So don't turn around and tell me this is a mental health issue when you just tried to cut that by $800 billion,” said Kennedy in response to his Republican colleagues who point to mental health issues, and not guns, as being the problem.

Kennedy has put in “efforts to strengthen mental health parity laws [and] increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers” since he has taken office, according to his official website. He is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and the great-nephew of President John F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated.

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Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) -- A new but familiar name might soon be added to the list of candidates running in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race: Levi Sanders, the son of 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

A senior adviser to Levi Sanders told ABC News that he's "in the stages of deciding" whether he'll run for Congress, talking it over with his potential constituents.

Sanders doesn't have a firm timeline, but will decide in the next few weeks, Ansh Grover said.

Incumbent Democrat Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is retiring, leaving seven Democrats, three Republicans and one Libertarian seeking her seat.

Sanders would be the eighth Democrat in one of the most competitive races in the nation.

He told Vice News that he would advocate for Medicare for all and free college tuition -- just as his father does.

Sanders was a senior adviser on his father's presidential campaign. Considering how well Bernie Sanders did in New Hampshire in the 2016 election, one political analyst said voters there might like the idea of having someone with the Sanders name representing their district in Washington.

Dean Spiliotes, a political blogger for and a scholar at Southern New Hampshire University, told ABC News he believes Sanders would likely be running on the “family political brand.”

If Levi Sanders does decide to run, he faces some daunting challenges, despite his famous name, Spiliotes said.

To start with, Sanders doesn't live in the 1st District, and Spiliotes said he would have to have a good explanation for why he'd be running in a district where he doesn't reside. (In Sanders' home district, the incumbent is seeking re-election.)

And while his name might give him an advantage, Spiliotes said Sanders not being a high-profile political figure in his own right in New Hampshire could hurt him.

Another challenge: Many of Bernie Sanders’ political consultants are currently working for the campaign of another Democratic candidate -- state Rep. Mark McKenzie. When ABC News asked one of Sanders' top aides during the 2016 race, who is based in New Hampshire and helped the Vermont senator win handily there, what he thought of Levi Sanders running, he responded with a giant thumbs-down emoji.

Given that, Spiliotes told ABC News it would be interesting to see how support for Bernie Sanders might shake out between Levi Sanders and McKenzie.

Sanders could also run into trouble going up against two other popular Democrats: Chris Pappas and Maura Sullivan.

Chris Pappas is well-known in New Hampshire and is "plugged into the party apparatus in the state,” Spiliotes said.

And Sullivan, who served as a top official in Obama Veterans Administration following a career in the Marines, had impressive fundraising numbers in the last quarter of 2017, he said.

A spokesperson for Sullivan declined to comment to ABC News, while Pappas and McKenzie have yet to respond.

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Michael Stravato/The Washington Post(HOUSTON) -- Texas congressional candidate Laura Moser said she was shocked when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- which tends to reserve its attacks for Republican candidates -- released negative research about her recently.

“If I was a comic book character, I think my mouth would’ve hit the floor,” she said.

The DCCC prides itself on supporting Democrats seeking seats in the House of Representatives, but on Thursday, the group surprisingly took aim at Moser, a former journalist and congressional candidate from its own party who is running in the 7th Congressional District in Texas.

In the organization's website post, Moser was described as a “Washington insider who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress.”

The organization also cited an article in which she reportedly stated she would rather have her teeth pulled out without anesthesia than live in Texas, a comment Moser said was taken out of context.

“It’s something we would expect from the other side, but not our own party,” Moser said. Her message to the committee: “Get your priorities straight.”

In response, DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly said in a statement to ABC News that Moser's "disgust for life in Texas" disqualifies her from running.

“Voters in Houston have organized for over a year to hold Representative Culberson accountable and win this Clinton district," the statement said, referring to Democrat Hillary Clinton's winning the district by a small margin over Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. "Unfortunately, Laura Moser’s outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate, and would rob voters of their opportunity to flip Texas’ 7th in November.”

The DCCC's move draws attention to possible tension within the Democratic Party in a highly competitive race.

Democrats have had their eyes set on the 7th Congressional District in Texas.

The Houston-area district has been held by a Republican for the past 50 years. Clinton won the district in the 2016 election by a small margin, but it was enough to trigger a major push to flip the long-standing red district blue.

Several Democrats are fighting for the chance to challenge incumbent GOP Rep. John Culberson, who has held the seat since 2001.

For a Democrat to win this district, it will require moderate Republicans to vote against their party, Rice University political science professor Robert Stein said.

Some in the Democratic Party may believe Moser is too liberal, he said.

“The Democrats believe it’s important to have a candidate who can attract moderate Republicans to cross over, and that’s not something Laura Moser can do,” Stein said.

Moser disagrees and rejects the notion that she is too liberal to win over Republican voters. She believes her Democratic opponents fall into two categories: right of center and left of center.

"They think the only candidates who can win are kind of Republican-like candidates," she said of the DCCC, adding, "I’m attracting Republican voters not because I’m trying to be a Republican, but because I’m a straight talker."

As for the state of the Democratic Party, Moser said that in light of the DCCC's comments, she is worried about her party’s chances of flipping the House.

“Since this is the first primary in the country, maybe I’m the test case,” she said.

Moser said she believes the committee needs to let the voters decide who is fit to represent them. “It worries me that they would be interfering so dramatically and viciously and personally. … They say they want more women to run for office -- and this is what you do.”

Voter turnout among women in this district is key.

Women make up 51 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The only woman to win the district is Hillary Clinton. Moser is one of two women running in the district.

The other, lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, is endorsed by Emily's List, a group that helps women seeking public office. Stein believes the idea of two women in a runoff may have also gotten the DCCC worried.

Alternatively, Moser believes the comments made by the DCCC could result in neither of the women going into a runoff.

Her campaign has been picking up speed. She has raised nearly $150,000 in the first quarter of 2018 and is set to host a voter event with actress and activist Alyssa Milano this weekend.

Moser was part of the resistance movement following President Donald Trump’s election and created Daily Action, a civic engagement tool that drew in a quarter of a million subscribers.

Democracy for America, which has been a strong supporter of Moser's campaign, released a statement supporting the candidate.

“Laura Moser is a fifth-generation Houstonian building a genuine grassroots campaign in her home community, and while that might not get the Republican-lite cheerleaders at the DCCC their sweet consulting gigs after this cycle, it’s exactly the kind of campaign we need to win this critical race and retake the House in November,” said Annie Weinberg, electoral director of Democracy for America.

Although Moser said she is “disappointed” in her party, she plans to keep moving forward. Early voting in the Houston-area district started this week and ends March 2.

Election Day for Democratic and Republican primaries is March 6. It is the first primary in the nation.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Richard Gates, Donald Trump’s one-time campaign aide, pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts: conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to federal authorities.

Gates is the latest person in the Trump campaign's orbit to face charges in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest. He is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, U.S. District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson noted during Gates’ plea hearing.

Inside a federal courtroom in Washington on Friday, Gates admitted to helping former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort steer tens of millions of dollars overseas and then hide it from U.S. tax authorities.

“Mr. Manafort did not pay taxes on that income,” and Gates “was aware it’s illegal to hide income from the IRS,” prosecutor Greg Andres said, noting that Gates helped prepare Manafort’s tax forms. Gates also helped hide Manafort’s foreign bank accounts, he conceded in court.

Another prosecutor also told the judge that Gates and Manafort failed to register as a foreign agent, as required by U.S. law, even though he was lobbying behalf of the government in Ukraine.

At one point, Berman Jackson asked Gates how he pleads to the charges against him, and he said, “Guilty, your honor.”

Highlighting the weight of the decision he was making before he pleaded guilty, Gates noted to the judge, “I am 45 years old, your honor.”

The conspiracy, prosecutors say, spans from 2006 to 2017 and involved more than $75 million that flowed through offshore accounts.

Prosecutors say Gates also lied to the special counsel’s office on Feb. 1 when he said that Manafort denied to him that Ukraine was discussed at a March 2013 meeting with a lobbyist and member of Congress.

According to the charging document, Manafort never denied that to Gates and he helped Manafort prepare a report referencing Ukraine after the meeting.

While U.S. law indicates Gates could face up to 10 years in prison for the charges he pleaded guilty to on Friday, Berman Jackson said U.S. sentencing guidelines recommend he face no more than about six years in prison, and as little as four years and three months behind bars.

Nevertheless, Mueller’s team agreed to allow Gates’ attorney, Thomas Green, to argue for an even lesser sentence given his pending cooperation.

Green indicated he plans to argue that Gates’ conduct was not as egregious as Manafort’s.

It’s “disproportionate conduct,” Green said.

As part of this plea deal, Gates is giving up his rights under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act — as the special counsel’s office might seek certain information or documents from him.

Manafort said Gates' plea does not affect his own stance.

“Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pled today, I continue to maintain my innocence. I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence. For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise," Manafort said in a statement. "This does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue piled up charges contained in the indictments against me.”

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a five-count superseding indictment Friday that accuses former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of paying a group of “senior European politicians” to lobby members of Congress on behalf of the then-Russia backed government of Ukraine.

The plan, the indictment said, was for the group to appear to be presenting U.S. officials and others with independent assessments of controversial actions taken by the Ukrainians “when in fact they were paid lobbyists.”

Manafort allegedly paid the European politicians millions from offshore accounts that should have been disclosed to the United States.

The fresh round of charges against Manafort contains five counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, and false statements.

In Friday’s filing, the special counsel’s office accuses Manafort of paying a group of former European leaders more than 2 million euros to lobby on behalf of Ukraine in 2012. Manafort offered payment to the former leaders - known informally as the "Hapsburg group" - in exchange for them to appear to be providing independent assessments of Ukraine's government.

The latest charges come against Manafort as his former colleague, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court and has agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Gates, a one-time Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to two felony counts: conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to federal authorities.

Manafort said Gates' plea does not affect his own stance.

“Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pled today, I continue to maintain my innocence. I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence. For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise," Manafort said in a statement. "This does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue piled up charges contained in the indictments against me.”

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump indicated Friday he would not intervene if chief of staff John Kelly were to revoke the temporary top secret security clearance for his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose background check is still open after more than a year.

After Trump was asked whether he would grant a waiver to Kushner, he said the decision would be Kelly's.

“That will be up to General Kelly. General Kelly respects Jared a lot. I will let the general, who’s right here, make that call," he said during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, pointing to Kelly standing nearby.

"I will let general Kelly make that decision, " Trump said again. "And he's going to do what's right for the country. And I have no doubt he will make the right decision."

Trump, speaking alongside Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, said: "We inherited a system that's broken."

Kelly issued a memo earlier this month saying anyone whose background check has been pending since June 1 would have their security clearance revoked by Friday. Kushner has been operating under a temporary clearance, the same designation that former staff secretary Rob Porter had before domestic violence allegations from his two ex-wives against him surfaced. Kelly announced the new clearance policy after the Porter scandal. Porter has denied the allegations.

Despite his leaving Kushner’s status in Kelly’s hands, Trump did offer effusive praise of his son-in-law.

“Jared’s done an outstanding job. I think he’s been treated very unfairly,” he said. “Jared is truly outstanding. He was very successful when he worked in the private sector, he’s working on peace in the Middle East and several other small and very easy deals.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Secret Service arrested a 35-year-old woman Friday after the agency said she intentionally drove her vehicle into a security barrier near the White House.

The agency said it has had other encounters with the woman near the White House and that she had been previously arrested. The woman, who was not named, was said to be from LaVergne, Tennessee. She was arrested and transported to the Washington, D.C. police department.

A Metropolitan Police Department report says the woman intentionally drove her white Chevrolet van into the security barrier at 17th and E Streets, near the South Lawn of the White House and continued to accelerate as officers attempted to get her out of the van. The report says the woman had a gun in her hand -- pointed away from the officers -- and she refused "multiple orders" to drop the gun before officers wrested it from her and hauled her out of the van through the driver side window, according to the report.

"The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers," that agency tweeted.

After a previous attempt to gain entry to the White House, the woman was subject to a court order to stay away from the White House complex, the report says.

She was charged with unlawful entry, carrying a pistol without a license, unregistered firearm, aggravated assault on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon-car, destruction of government property and contempt of court, police said.

The woman, after being given Miranda warnings, admitted to knowingly bringing the gun with her, according to the report.

According to a law enforcement source, the Secret Service Explosives Ordnance Disposal team examined the vehicle.

Photos from the scene showed the back window of the van was broken but it's unclear how that happened.

A witness told reporters the van's tires were "burning rubber," causing a lot of smoke and that security guards ordered the driver to stop several times.

"She just kept pressing on the gas and trying to press through I guess, that's what it looked like," said Chris Bello, who was visiting the White House with his family.

Security was increased on the White House campus after the incident and video posted on social media showed people being led out of the area.

The Secret Service said no law enforcement officials were injured.

President Trump later tweeted thanks to the Secret Service for "a job well done!"

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Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump Friday continued his call to arm more teachers with guns to protect schools - saying that would be better than a security guard who "doesn't love the children."

The president made the comment during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He predicted congressional action will "take place very quickly" on improving the background check system and regulating bump stocks - devices that can be used to effectively turn a legal rifle into a machine gun.

Earlier this week, Trump directed the Justice Department to draft new regulations to ban bump stocks.

The president continued to say he wants to arm teachers who are trained or have experience with guns and again criticized the school security guard the Broward County Sheriff said failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during last week's shooting in Parkland, Fla. That guard has since resigned.

Trump said that if people think about going into a school to hurt students or teachers, they won't do so if they know people are armed, repeating comments he made in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday morning during which he said schools should no longer be "gun free zones."

"We need people that can take care of our children. We're not gonna let this happen again and the way it's not gonna happen again is that they're basically cowards. Innately, they're cowards," Trump said of gunmen who attack schools. "And if they know bad things happen to them once they get into that school by people who love the children, see a security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children. This man standing outside of the school the other day doesn't love the children, probably doesn't know the children. The teachers love their children. They love their pupils. They love their students."

Personnel records show that the deputy who resigned, Scot Peterson, has worked at the school for several years and has been recognized as school resource officer of the year. One evaluation said that Peterson "takes pride in protecting the students, faculty and staff at his school."

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In remarks to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, President Trump Friday morning delivered a freewheeling speech hitting topics from last week's Florida school shooting to immigration and his defeated 2016 opponent, but mostly glossed over an expected announcement of new sanctions on North Korea the White House had previewed hours earlier.

Addressing last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Trump again ratcheted up his call for arming teachers and coaches who would be trained to use firearms.

"So this crazy man who walked in wouldn't even know who has it," Trump said, referring to concealed weapons in the possession of coaches or teachers. "That's good. That's not bad -- that's good. And the teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened."

Trump almost skipped over entirely in his roughly one-hour-and-20-minute speech what his administration had billed as the "largest-ever" round of new sanctions targeting Kim Jong Un's regime in North Korea, according to excerpts released to the media before Trump took the stage.

"The Treasury Department will soon be taking new action to further cut off sources of revenue and fuel that the regime uses to fund its nuclear program and sustain its military by targeting 56 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses that are assisting North Korea in evading sanctions," Trump was intended to say, according to the released remarks.

He did say, however, “I do want to say it, because people have asked: North Korea -- we imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before. Frankly, hopefully, something positive can happen. We will see. Hopefully, something positive can happen.”

But Trump's speech was largely consumed by the time spent veering from topic to topic, evoking some of the improvisation that defined his speeches in the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Despite vocal opposition from many teachers and students, Trump vented about the thought of opposition to his plan allowing more trained teachers access to firearms.

"We owe it to our country," Trump said. "I've been watching for a long time, -- lots of words and very little action. You know, when you think about it, most of it is just common sense. It is not, 'Do you love guns? Do you hate guns?' It's common sense. It's all common sense."

Trump additionally suggested his call for ending “gun-free zones” in schools may also extend soon to U.S. military bases.

"We are going to look at that whole military base gun-free zone," Trump said. "If we can't have our military holding guns, it's pretty bad."

At one point, Trump polled the crowd on what they'd prefer he focus on more: tax cuts or the Second Amendment.

"If you only had a choice of one, what would you rather have?" Trump asked. "The Second Amendment or tax cuts? Second Amendment, tax cuts? Second Amendment? I'm going to leave it at the Second Amendment. I don't want to get into that battle.”

Trump also stirred up the crowd with a veiled reference to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been largely absent from the Senate over the past months as he undergoes cancer treatment, for his vote last year that killed GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"Remember, one person walked into a room, when he was supposed to go this way, and he said he was going this way, and he walked in and he went this way and everyone said, ‘What happened?’" Trump said. "What was that all about? Boy, oh, boy -- who was that? I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I don't want to be controversial, so I won't use his name."

Trump even entertained calls as the crowd erupted in “Lock her up” chants directed at his defeated 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton.

"I will say this, folks: Everything that is turning out now, it is amazing. That's come full circle," Trump said in response to the chants. "Boy, have they committed a lot of atrocities when you look. When you look. Have they done things that are wrong."

At the beginning of his remarks, Trump quipped at his own appearance on the TV screens in the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland, posing for the cameras and joking about his infamous hairdo.

"Oh, I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks," Trump joked. "I work hard at it. Doesn't look bad. Hey, we're hanging in. We're hanging in. We're hanging in there, right?"

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Members of Congress are asking for more answers about FEMA's decisions post-Hurricane Maria after the agency canceled multiple contracts to deliver aid to Puerto Rico when the companies were unable to deliver the meals or supplies.

The members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are specifically asking the agency to explain why it granted a contract to a small company to deliver 30 million meals to Puerto Rico.

In a letter requesting information from FEMA, the senators say that Tribute Contracting LLC, which was granted a $156 million to produce 30 million meals, plagiarized parts of its proposal for the contract and lied to the agency about its ability to fulfill the order. That contract was granted and canceled 20 days after it was granted when 50,000 meals were delivered behind schedule.

"We are concerned that FEMA is not taking appropriate steps to evaluate vendors' qualifications before awarding contracts to provide critical disaster relief supplies," the senators wrote.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., compared the proposal to an "internet scam email" and said the company should be barred from any future federal contracts.

“I’ve conducted oversight on billions of dollars in federal contracts, but I’ve never seen something this bizarre in a contract proposal," she said in a statement. "FEMA agreed to spend over $150 million on a contract proposal that reads like an internet scam email -- and the government needs to give us answers about what it’s doing to protect taxpayer dollars and ensure hurricane survivors are getting the resources they need.”

The Tribute contract was canceled "when it became clear the vendor couldn't meet requirements," FEMA said in a statement earlier this month.

The senators say in the letter that FEMA should have seen warnings that the company would not be able to fulfill such a large order if the agency vetted the contract properly. They want FEMA to explain why those signs were missed.

FEMA said in a statement Friday it is reviewing the letter and will respond directly to the committee. A representative for Tribute did not respond to a request for comment.

The letter was signed by members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, including ranking member McCaskill and subcommittee chairs Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

The senators want to know why FEMA did not verify information in Tribute's proposal before awarding the contract. For example, the letter says that Tribute's proposal suggested that the company would work with the logistics company C.H. Robinson to fulfill the contract. But C.H. Robinson told committee staff that Tribute only contacted them three days after the contract was awarded and that they ultimately told Tribute they would not work with them, according to the letter.

The letter says Tribute's proposal used language similar to other companies' websites and the senators say Tribute misrepresented its resources and ability to fulfill the order. For example, the proposal used language like "our logistics professionals" even though Tribute only had one registered employee, Tiffany Brown. Brown told staff on the House Oversight Committee that FEMA knew she would hire subcontractors to make and deliver the meals.

House Democrats on the Oversight Committee asked the chairman to subpoena FEMA officials earlier this month to explain why the agency granted the contract with Tribute even though the company previously failed to fulfill government contracts.

Tribute's contract is not the only one with issues in the response to Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority canceled a $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy to restore electricity to the island after a controversy about why the contract was granted to a small private company instead of a cheaper network of public utility companies. Whitefish stopped work in November after some of its contractors told the government of Puerto Rico they were owed money by the company.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary James Mattis has made his recommendation to the White House on how the Department of Defense should handle the military service of transgender individuals, Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn confirmed to ABC News.

The final policy announcement is expected to be made by President Trump in late March.

Trump tweeted last July that he wanted to ban all transgender service members, saying the military "must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory."

The move reversed the 2016 Obama administration directive that allowed those individuals to serve openly for the first time.

The August memo directed the Pentagon to develop an implementation plan. Mattis then tasked a panel of experts to study the issue and inform his recommendation to the president, who will make the final policy decision.

It is scheduled to go into effect on March 23.

Since Trump's tweets, federal courts have rejected portions of the proposed ban. Most notably, beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon complied with a court order that allowed transgender individuals to join the military if they met strict criteria, including certifications from a medical provider about the status of their health.

What do we know about transgender service members?

Last year, defense officials estimated there were about 200 transgender individuals in the U.S. military who had self-reported to their services a desire for some form of medical treatment related to their gender identity.

However, the actual number of transgender service members is still unknown, primarily because military personnel records do not currently track transgender individuals.

A 2016 Rand study, which was referenced by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, estimated that 2,450 active-duty service members might be transgender, with 1,510 in reserve units.

The same Rand study said the "little research" on transgender service members showed "little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness or readiness."

"Commanders noted that the policies had benefits for all service members by creating a more inclusive and diverse force," the study said.

At the time of the study, 18 countries, including the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada and Australia, allowed transgender personnel to serve openly.

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