Ivanka Trump: Arming teachers an option that ‘needs to be discussed’

Ivanka Trump said in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Sunday that her father's suggestion of arming teachers is an option worth discussing. The president made the proposal after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, this month.

In an interview Sunday in South Korea, where Trump led the U.S. presidential delegation to the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games, NBC News' Peter Alexander asked Trump, the mother of three young children, whether she thinks providing teachers with firearms would make students safer.

"To be honest, I don't know," Trump said. "Obviously, there would have to be an incredibly high standard for who would be able to bear arms in our school. But I think there is no one solution for creating safety."

Trump was also asked whether she expected to advise her father on school safety.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Lauren Gibbs attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump reacts as Kim Jung-sook, wife of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, waves from the stands. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump reacts. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Ivanka Trump (C), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives with White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L), at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump sits in the stands. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Ivanka Trump (L), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump waves from the stands. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump sits in the stands with Kim Jung-sook, wife of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - A South Korean athlete takes a selfie with U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump waves from the stands. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
South Korean President Moon Jae-In shakes hands with Ivanka Trump during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Min-Hee/Pool
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero, Ivanka Trump and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attend the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
ALPENSIA, Pyeongchang- FEBRUARY 23 - Ivanka Trump reacts to a jump by American Snowboarder Chris Corning at Men's Big Air competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Alpensia in Pyeongchang in South Korea. February 23, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang, Gangwon - FEBRUARY 24 : Pyeongchang, Gangwon - FEBRUARY 24 : Ivanka Trump reacts as she watches U.S.A's Kyle Mack compete in the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final with White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders; IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. February 24, 2018 (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: In this handout image provided by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) talks with Ivanka Trump (L) during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, and Kim Yong Chol of the North Korea delegation attend the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Ivanka Trump (L to R), U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yong Chol of the North Korea delegation attend the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump after the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Patrick Semansky/Pool
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump during the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Patrick Semansky/Pool
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump during the closing ceremony. REUTERS/Patrick Semansky/Pool
TOPSHOT - US President's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in as they attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Patrick Semansky (Photo credit should read PATRICK SEMANSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25, 2018: South Korea's President Moon Jae-in with his wife Kim Jung-sook, and US Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump (L-R) attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump is seen at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump poses for a selfie with Lauren Gibbs as they attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump watches the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump holds the silver medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (not pictured) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre, before the before the ski jump tower, during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I think that having a teacher who is armed who cares deeply about her students or his students and who is capable and qualified to bear arms is not a bad idea, but it is an idea that needs to be discussed," Trump said.

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Trump spoke to the tense relationship between the United States and North Korea, which has served as a major backdrop of the Olympics this year.

"We are 50 miles away from North Korea, so affirming the U.S. position and our joint position of maximum pressure with our South Korean partners is very important," she said.

Ivanka Trump has been in South Korea since Friday, having arrived two days before the closing ceremony.

Trump told reporters on arrival at Incheon International Airport: "It is a great honor to be here in South Korea with the U.S. delegation. We are very, very excited to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, to cheer for Team USA and to reaffirm our strong and enduring commitment with the people of the Republic of Korea."

Soon after touching down, Trump dined with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at his official residence, the Blue House, in Seoul.

According to The Associated Press, Trump told Moon that she would use her time in the country to persuade North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

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Ivanka Trump (L), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: In this handout image provided by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) talks with Ivanka Trump (L) during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: In this handout image provided by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-In (C) talks with Ivanka Trump during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: In this handout image provided by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) talks with Ivanka Trump (L) during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: South Korean President Moon Jae-In (C), his wife Kim Jung-Sook (R) and Ivanka Trump (L) pose for photograph during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by Kim Min-Hee-Pool/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: South Korean President Moon Jae-In (L) talks with Ivanka Trump (R) during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by Kim Min-Hee-Pool/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) shakes hands with Ivanka Trump (L) during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by Kim Min-Hee-Pool/Getty Images)
South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) shakes hands with Ivanka Trump during their dinner meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 23, 2018. Ivanka Trump, advisor to her father and President of the United States Donald Trump, arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kim Min-Hee (Photo credit should read KIM MIN-HEE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (C), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives with White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L), at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Ivanka Trump (C), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
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She would be the first U.S. official to meet with North Korean officials following a canceled meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean officials last week, which included Kim Jong Un's sister, whom many in the media called "North Korea's Ivanka."

Trump did not warm to the comparison.

"I would far prefer to be compared to my sisters here in South Korea who are thriving in this incredible democracy," she said.

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