The US should prioritise funding for school security over aid to Ukraine, former President Donald Trump has said days after 19 Texas pupils were killed, APA reports citing BBC.
"If the US can send billions to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home," he said at a pro-gun conference.
The meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the largest US gun group, is taking place in Houston.
It comes three days after a mass shooting by a teenager in Uvalde.
"We spent trillions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and got nothing for it," Mr Trump continued in Friday's speech, drawing loud applause.
"Before we nation-build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children in our own nation," he said.