Trump Accuses Lawmakers of Being 'Afraid of the NRA'

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Trump Accuses Lawmakers of Being 'Afraid of the NRA'

Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that families and local law enforcement should have more tools to report potentially unsafe individuals with weapons.

A day later, with Republicans still trying to make sense of the president's preferences, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will shelve gun legislation for now.

Toomey said Thursday that Trump called him to express support for the background checks bill "as the core legislative vehicle" for what Congress does on guns.

Speaking to reporters before the president was set to depart to North Carolina for the funeral of the Rev. Billy Graham, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed that Trump will "continue to support the Second Amendment, that's not something that he's backed away from".

When asked if the White House agrees with Cox's assertion that Trump and Pence "don't want gun control", a senior White House official said, "POTUS believes in the Second Amendment". "They have less power over me", Trump said at the Wednesday meeting, referring to a separate meeting with the NRA. Breitbart News, the go-to website for the right wing, headlined its story: "Trump the Gun Grabber: Cedes Dems" Wish List- Bump Stocks, Buying Age, "Assault Weapons, ' Background Checks".

In a Senate speech Thursday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, said any new legislation needs to close gaps in the monitoring of disturbed people posing threats to schools, signs that were missed in the Florida shooting.

"[The NRA] has great power", Mr Trump said at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress on school safety.

Trump even dinged Sen.

The NRA spent an unprecedented $30 million to elect him, and he reassured NRA members at their convention past year: "I will never, ever let you down".

"Now, this is not a popular thing in terms of the NRA, but I'm saying it anyway", Mr Trump said.

"We have to stop this nonsense", the president said. One such proposal, drafted by Republican Senator Pat Toomey and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, is primarily focused on expanding background checks for gun purchases.

Trump scolded Toomey on Wednesday, singling out one of the leading Republicans willing to consider stricter gun policy as being "afraid" of the National Rifle Association.

To prove he was not afraid of the powerful lobbying group, during talk of a universal background check, Trump told the Republicans they had to drop their provision, allowing concealed carry permits across states lines.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat who is a leading advocate of tougher gun laws, predicted on Twitter: "The White House is going to bob and weave on guns".

The President appeared eager to challenge the impression that he is bought and paid-for by the gun rights group.

She also downplayed claims the White House was in a state of "chaos" because of the number of senior staffers coming and going. With regard to President Trump's will, Sanders dodged the question, and instead offered up the video game industry as a potentially more malleable target.

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