The nation's largest teachers lobby, the National Education Association, is adamantly opposed to Trump and the NRA's controversial initiative to arm teachers.
"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said. "No student, no family, no teacher and no school should have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook or Columbine again".
Trump has also demanded a full audit of the FBI's tip line, which botched two calls about suspected Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz before he allegedly walked into his former high school on Valentine's Day and killed 17 people.
Trump has said he was personally moved by the shooting - and by the persistent and impassioned calls for action from some of the teenage survivors as well as parents of the victims - and elevated the issue of school safety in his administration.
Trump had embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be risky.
But one White House official on Sunday said Trump "is committed to finding every way possible and encouraging states and communities to find and adopt every way possible to protect the students in their care". Pressed by reporters about the apparent backtracking, a senior administration official said the age issue was "a state-based discussion right now" and would be explored by DeVos's commission.
Trump's embrace of another commission appears at odds with comments he made Saturday night mocking their use, at least when it comes to fighting drug addiction. "I think it's something you have to think about".
After the latter statement the president met privately with the NRA, whose leaders said he'd backed down. Trump specifically asked Sen.
"But the plan that we're going to advance and talk about is a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety and to take steps to do so right away". The package of measures is aimed at making schools safer after a string of deadly shootings, it said.
The new Justice Department program announced Sunday includes help for states that provide "rigorous firearms training" to teachers and support for military veterans and retired cops who want to become teachers, Politico reports. "Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms".
He said Mr. Cohn is leaving to make more money, but the president said he might come back to the administration in some capacity later.
The White House also endorsed a piece of bipartisan legislation that would improve the nation's background check system for gun sales by providing incentives for federal agencies to comply with the current law.
The White House plan would involve funding to provide weapons training for teachers. And he called for the reform and expansion of mental health programs, as well as a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line.
Among other measures, the Trump administration is urging states to pass temporary "risk protection orders", as Florida recently did, with technical assistance coming from Washington, said Andrew Bremberg, a presidential assistant who heads the Domestic Policy Council. "No stone will be unturned".
President Trump has also proposed banning bump stocks, which allow a few models of firearms to fire more rapidly.
Sessions submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a proposed regulation on bump stocks.