Politics White House insists Trump not backing down from NRA
Democrats ask Kushner cos, White House for loan-related documents
U.S. Democratic lawmakers ask have asked the White House and Kushner Companies, the family business of President Donald Trump's top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, for documents following reported loans from Citibank and Apollo Global Management, according to a statement released on Monday. U.S. House Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others made the request after media reports that the loans followed White House meetings with Kushner.
The White House on Monday defended President Trump's gun proposals as it faced questions about whether he had "chickened out" in the face of pressure from the National Rifle Association.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "hasn't backed away" from his support from expanding background checks or raising the age limit on gun purchases, although neither were addressed in a plan the administration rolled out Sunday night.
The NRA, which contributed heavily to Trump's election campaign in 2016, opposes both measures.
"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."
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"They're still outlined in the plan," Sanders said.
She made the case that Trump was focusing on proposals that had the most support, while continuing to push for other measures.
"But he can't make them happen with a broad stroke of the pen," she said. "You have to have some Congressional component to do some of these things and without that support, it's not as possible."
Weeks ago at a White House meeting with lawmakers from both parties, Trump accused Republicans of fearing the NRA and backing down against it. He also repeatedly said he was different from other presidents and that he would take action after the Parkland, Fla,., high school shooting that left 17 people dead.
The proposals advanced in a White House plan revealed Sunday included little that would bother the NRA.
Top intel official insists White House ‘engaged’ on Russian threat to midterms
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says the White House is concerned about Russian interference but acknowledges the executive branch has not put forth a 'coherent strategy.'"There is obviously concern about this ongoing effort by Russia to interfere in our elections," Coats said in response to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). "The White House is well aware of that, as we all are. Agencies have been tasked to address this.
She said the White House was focused on what it could do immediately, also noted that former President Obama was not able to do anything on gun control.
"Let's not forget that the Obama administration had the White House and all of Congress for two years and didn't do anything," she said. "This president is still laying out other priorities that he would like to say talked about and implemented, whether we have to do that on a state level."
Trump said over Twitter on Monday he still supports raising the minimum age for purchasing a gun but that there isn't enough "political support" on that front right now.
The president has reiterated his support for strengthening background checks, arming school officials and banning bump stocks. He has also voiced support for existing bills aimed at enforcing the background check system and encouraging students and teachers to report suspicious behavior.
Trump on WH exits: 'Everybody' wants to work for my administration
President Trump on Tuesday dismissed reports of chaos inside his administration amid recent White House departures, claiming that his administration has a wealth of applicants for key positions. placeDuring a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan L fven, the president told reporters that "everybody" wants to work in his White House.
The White House announced Sunday that Education secretary Betsy DeVoss would lead a federal commission to determine how best to address gun violence in schools.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is reviewing whether it can ban bump stocks through the regulatory process.
"The president still has in this plan the age limit increase and that is part of one of the things that will be - one of those things will be reviewed on what the best path forward is on that front, whether it can be done at a federal level or whether it needs to be done on a state-by-state basis," Sanders said.
"But the president, as you know, doesn't have the ability to just create federal law, and he would need a number of other individuals to come together to help make that happen," she said. "So what he is pushing forward are things that can immediately be accomplished, either through the administration or that have broad base bipartisan support in Congress. But that doesn't mean that he has wiped away some of those other things that we're still looking at how best we can move forward on."
Trump chief of staff Kelly 'deeply disappointed' by Russia leak: official .
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was "frustrated and deeply disappointed” on Wednesday at a reported leak of information saying President Donald Trump's advisers had cautioned him not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin upon the latter's re-election, a White House official said. The Washington Post reported that Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers, including a phrase in his briefing materials that said: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE.
Schumer applauds Trump as NRA pushes back
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Trump's tweets on trade, NRA set political tongues wagging
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