White House Says: Parkland School Shooting Was A Welcome ‘Distraction’ From Trump Scandals


According to The Washington Post, the White House may have seen the Parkland school shooting as a “reprieve” of sorts, because the nation has shifted to a discussion on gun violence providing an excuse for the administration’s press shop to hide from the media.


John Kelly was supposed to address the press corps over the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal. The briefing, however, was canceled in the wake of the shooting. No subsequent on-camera briefings have been scheduled and the next one could be this Tuesday, a full week since the last one.

A White House official told the Post that the tragedy “was a distraction or a reprieve,” adding that a “lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.”

The official compared this situation to last October’s Las Vegas shooting that left 58 dead and over 500 injured, indicating the tragedy provided some political calm. “But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we’ll be back through the chaos,” the official noted.

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