Trump described the NRA as "great people" during Wednesday's meeting with lawmakers.
Then at a Wednesday meeting with lawmakers, Trump veered onto ground that even Democrats don't typically wander into, calling for expanded background checks, suggesting that some people should have their guns seized without any due process, criticizing a Republican legislator for fearing the NRA, and even entertaining a full assault weapons ban.
After a meeting with the US National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist, Donald Trump has done a supposed U-turn on his position on gun control. Trump called him Thursday morning to talk again about the issue, and Toomey and Manchin also spoke, with plans to do so again next week as they try to puzzle out how exactly to resurrect their legislation.
The rejoinder was especially odd given Toomey was one of few Republicans who supported his backgrounds checks bill, which failed, over the objections of the NRA. He also tweeted, "Respect 2nd Amendment!"
When Toomey said it did not, Trump shot back: "You know why?"
In a tweet, Chris Cox says the two "don't want gun control".
He said "Background Checks a big part of conversation" and "Gun free zones are proven targets of killers".
Donald Trump has made his strongest call yet for restrictions on gun sales, urging United States lawmakers to take action in the wake of the recent Florida school shooting.
In a press conference, Sarah Sanders, press secretary at the White House, said: "Next week, [President Trump] will be meeting with members of the video game industry to see what they can do". "We always bring up gun control after a horrific mass shooting, but what should be discussed is gun control in the larger context of the number of people that are killed by firearms in this country every day, of which mass shootings is a subset".
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.
Credit where credit is due for the White House holding these meetings in the open.
But Trump will still play a critical role in determining whether enough Republicans are willing to come to the table on guns, Manchin and others said. I never thought he'd go there, but not only did he go there, he went way past there to a place no one had a ticket for.