At Thursday's press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre and what can be done to prevent another tragedy of that magnitude from happening by CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan. The full video of Thursday's briefing below the transcript.
CBS News described the exchange, "Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that she's "not aware" of any measures that would have helped prevent the mass shooting, and others like it, when asked"
"Since that time, what has President Trump done to try to protect the American people against a similar type of massacre? Does he think anything's been done? What is the administration trying to do? Is there anything at the executive level that he thinks needs to be undertaken?" Brennan asked Huckabee Sanders.
Brennan also asked if there is any solution that would "involved a weapons ban" or "any kind of regulation."
Sanders turned the tables and asked the reporter if she could name one gun regulation that would have prevented the tragedy.
"If you can name a single thing that would have prevented both of these, I'd love to hear it, because I don't know what that would look like," the WH official told the reporter.
"This is a president who knows that his number one responsibility is to look for ways to protect American citizens," Sanders said. "And we try to do that every single day. And whether or not there's a regulation that could've been put in place or not that could have prevented those things, frankly, I'm not aware of what that would be."
"I don't think there's any one thing that you could do that could have prevented either one of those instances, those horrible, horrible tragedies," Sanders said of Sandy Hook and the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Transcript, via White House:
MARGARET BRENNAN, CBS NEWS: Sarah, today is the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre in which so many children were killed. That, of course, as a tragedy, was eclipsed by what happened in Las Vegas, which is now the most tragic mass shooting on U.S. soil.
Since that time, what has President Trump done to try to protect the American people against a similar type of massacre? Does he think anything has been done? What is the administration trying to do? Is there anything at the executive level that he thinks needs to be undertaken?
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE: Look, I think that there are a number of different ways that we look to protect our citizens. Every single day, one of the areas that the President has been outspoken about — not necessarily to those two instances — but just more broadly speaking in terms of national security and protecting individuals certainly through border security, stronger vetting processes, and looking at whether or not there are other regulations that we could put in place that would offer protection –
REPORTER: But these were domestic shooters. These weren’t people who entered the United States.
MS. SANDERS: Right. And I said I’m speaking more broadly in terms of national security as a whole. And look, this is a President who knows that his number-one responsibility is to look for ways to protect American citizens. And we try to do that every single day.
And whether or not there’s a regulation that could have been put in place, or not, that could have prevented those things, frankly, I’m not aware of what that would be. But we want to look for every opportunity, every way possible, that we can to protect American lives. And we’re going to continue doing that.
REPORTER: So is it correct to say that the administration is looking at how to prevent these kind of mass shootings by domestic shooters on U.S. soil? Or is it just the issue of immigrants and terrorism?
MS. SANDERS: I know that’s something that — absolutely, I know that’s something that the Department of Homeland Security looks at and talks about and works on every single day. I don’t think there’s a person in this country that wouldn’t like us to find ways to protect people, and we’re certainly very supportive of that. And that’s something that would be —
REPORTER: But no one issue that that the President has highlighted that says he wants to make a priority to push forward?
MS. SANDERS: Well, I don’t think there’s any one thing that you could do that could have prevented either one of those instances — those horrible, horrible tragedies.
REPORTER: But there were prescriptions given very quickly just the other day for this failed terrorist attack, which is why in these cases — I mean, this is the worst shooting on U.S. soil on President Trump’s watch.
MS. SANDERS: I understand that. And that’s why I also think that you have to take these matters, obviously, very seriously. But if you could name a single thing that would have prevented both of these, I’d love to hear it, because I don’t know what that would look like. But we’re looking every single day at how you can protect American lives, how we can best protect American citizens.
In terms of New York, we know for a fact this individual came through a chain migration system. This is something the President has been outspokenly against and something that he wants to stop. And that individual wouldn’t have been here in order to commit that crime if that wasn’t in place. So that’s a fact that we do know.
REPORTER: Does it involve a weapons ban, any kind of regulation, any kind of mental health concerns? Has the President specifically mentioned that as a possibility?
MS. SANDERS: I know that they’re looking at some of the mental health issues. It’s something the President has raised before. But in terms of a specific policy that we’re moving forward with that would have prevented that, I’m not aware of what that would be.
Watch Thursday's full briefing: