Reporters Grill Sarah Sanders on Trump’s Gun Proposals: He Seems ‘Petrified of the NRA’


Over the weekend, the White House rolled out a number of policy proposals in the wake of last month’s horrific Parkland mass shooting. In the proposals released by the administration, President Donald Trump backed off his previous call to raise age limits to purchase some firearms, while endorsing the idea of arming school teachers and tightening federal background checks.

During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was grilled early on over the president backing away from the minimum age increase, with reporters asking her if the president was intimidated by the National Rifle Association.

“The president said he wanted to raise the age on purchasing assault weapons, he talked about taking guns away from those identified as a threat even without due process,” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked. “What happened to all of those proposals?”

Sanders answered by stating that the president was interested in primarily pushing through things that have bipartisan support or something the White House can do immediately, adding that Trump hasn’t let go of other things he’s supported.

“Was there a single thing in this proposal from the president that is not supported by the NRA?” Karl pressed. “Anything in here that the NRA opposes?”

Sanders said that Trump still has a plan to increase the age limit and they are just looking for the best path forward on that. This led to The Washington Post‘s Philip Rucker to grill her even harder on the president and the NRA.

“President Trump sort of made an example of Republican senators that are afraid of crossing the NRA,” Rucker stated. “He said, ‘Some of you are petrified of the NRA. You can’t be petrified.'”

He continued, “Based on the plan, seems like President Trump was the one petrified of the NRA because he backed away from the ideas that he brought into the discussion. I’m asking why he chickened out. Why he didn’t go forward with what he had proposed earlier?”

The press secretary insisted that the president hasn’t backed away at all, claiming some of those items are still included in the proposals. She then used this as a segue to take a shot at the Obama administration, noting the previous president didn’t pass any meaningful gun control legislation when Democrats held both chambers of Congress and the White House.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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