Published: Tue, March 13, 2018

White House insists Trump not 'chickening out' on NRA

White House insists Trump not 'chickening out' on NRA

U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a portrait with Josh Reddick of the Houston Astros, and the rest of the 2017 World Series Champions after having been gifted a custom jersey in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2018.

"The point is that schools should have this tool if they choose to use the tool", Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on NBC's "Today" show.

In a meeting with lawmakers two weeks ago, Trump said, "It doesn't make sense that I have to wait until I'm 21 to get a handgun, but I can get this weapon at 18", referring to the AR-15-style assault weapon that was used to kill 17 and wound 15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on February 14. "That doesn't make sense". Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen. "Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that", said Lily Eskelsen García, NEA president, in a statement.

A number of other championship-winning teams have stayed away, most notably the Golden State Warriors, who chose to spend their recent time in Washington visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture with group of kids after Trump disinvited them from a White House visit in September. The president will also support expanding mental health programs.

"I think it's excellent", Professor Joseph Olson said.

There has been an increased national US focus on gun control policy following the mass shooting at the Florida high school. But Trump appeared to foreshadow his change of heart with a tweet the very next night. "I wish the president had televised the meeting with the NRA like he televised the meeting with us", Sen.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, has said the President wants to expedite the court process, not circumvent it.

The administration plan also included training teachers to carry guns in schools, an idea already in place in some states and backed by the powerful gun lobby.

During the ceremony, President Trump spent several minutes talking about relief efforts both in and out of the contiguous United States. "I hope they have a great time, enjoy their day, with what it comes to visit the White House".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling state and local officials to make sure they are providing crucial mental health and criminal history information to federal background check systems.

"He hasn't backed away from these things at all", Sanders said at a press briefing where she faced numerous questions on the issue, including from a Washington Post reporter who asked why Trump "backed away from some of the ideas he brought into the discussion" and "chickened out". You have to have some congressional component to do some of these things.

She placed blame for the inaction on Capitol Hill.

Mediate reports on Shepard Smith "ripping Trump's gun control plan" on Monday afternoon's Fox News broadcast.

Trump tweeted that he's "watching court cases and rulings" before proposing an age increase, but he noted there's "not much political support (to put it mildly)".

As for raising age limits, Sanders said that there is "not broad-based support" for raising the age limits.

Still, Trump argued that this was progress.

On Sunday, the president announced the establishment of a federal commission to explore school safety and endorsed legislation that would improve background checks. He's calling on states to adopt "extreme risk protection orders" that allow law enforcement to remove guns from those deemed a threat.

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