A top NRA official said President Trump and Vice President Pence dont want gun control” just one day after the Donald called for a “strong” gun control bill in a shocking break from his conservative base.
Trump may have angered NRA members with his call to take the guns first [and] go through due process second during a bipartisan meeting on Wednesday, but the NRAs executive director Chris Cox was intent on correcting the narrative after an Oval Office meeting on Thursday.
I had a great meeting tonight with @realDonaldTrump & @VP. We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and dont want gun control. #NRA #MAGA,” Cox wrote.
Trump, who slammed Republican lawmakers for being “afraid” of the NRA, emerged from the meeting on Thursday with a satisfied tweet.
Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA! he wrote.
It remains unclear where Trump stands, but Cox’s statement is a stark reversal from Trump’s comments just one day before.
Trump opened the bipartisan meeting on Wednesday by urging lawmakers to take swift action after the Parkland school shooting left 17 people dead.
He called for expanding backgroud checks, taking guns away from mentall ill people, banning bump stocks and restricting adults under the age of 21 from buying guns.
Trump even went so far as to say he would consider an assault weapon ban.
Trump slammed lawmakers for being afraid of the NRA, ,saying “they have great power of you people,” before adding, “They have less power over me.”
But the president has repeatedly sided with the gun group, which sunk tens of millions of dollars into the 2016 presidential campaign.