On Friday, the White House toned down President Trump’s apparent support for universal background checks for gun purchases.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president supports “not necessarily universal background checks, but certainly improving the background check system.”
She told reporters, “He wants to see what that legislation, the final piece of it looks like. Universal means something different to a lot of people. He certainly wants to focus and improve the background check system.”
Many people in Washington were shocked by Trump voicing his support for many gun control proposals during a meeting with lawmakers that aired live on television.
On Wednesday, Trump appeared to agree with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who said that “Americans want universal background checks.”
Trump told Murphy, “You have a different president now. You went through a lot of presidents and you didn’t get it done. You have a different president. And I think, maybe, you have a different attitude, too. I think people want to get it done.”
Trump previously supported a much more modest proposal written by Murphy and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), which was designed to bolster the existing background check system, but not expand it.
On Thursday, Trump met with representatives from the National Rifle Association (NRA), a group that Trump urged lawmakers to defy on guns even though he long supported it.
Sanders said that Trump promised the NRA “only that he’ll continue to support the Second Amendment.”
Trump tweeted Thursday that he had a “Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!”
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Credit: The Hill