Trump Stuns With MAJOR NRA Announcement – It Has Begun

JUST IN: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Donald Trump’s new gun policies as she fielded questions about whether he had “chickened out” in the face of pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Monday.

The Hill reported that Sanders said Trump “hasn’t backed away” from his support of expanding background checks or raising the age limit on gun purchases. However, neither of these issues were addressed in the plan the administration rolled out Sunday night. The NRA, which was one of Trump’s top contributors in 2016, opposes both measures.

“He hasn’t backed away from these things at all,” Sanders said after a reporter asked why Trump “backed away from some of the ideas he brought into the discussion” and “chickened out.”

“They’re still outlined in the plan,” Sanders said.

Sanders went on to argue 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.”

Explaining that Trump is focused on what he can do right now, Sanders also pointed out that former President Barack 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.”

This came after Trump took to Twitter to say that he still supports raising the minimum age for purchasing a gun but that there isn’t enough “political support” on that front right now.

“Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!” Trump wrote. “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”

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