Trump has 'encouraging' call with bipartisan Senate negotiators on gun control

Trump has ‘encouraging’ call with bipartisan Senate negotiators on gun control

Gun Rights

A bipartisan trio of senators negotiating with White House aides on potential gun control legislation said they had spoken by phone on Wednesday with President Donald Trump for 40 minutes to – for the first time – make their case for expanded background checks for all commercial gun sales. "It was a very engaging conversation," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said, adding, "The president’s still very encouraging and I believe sincerely wants to move forward and do something. We’re going to know, hopefully by tomorrow, if there’s something that we can all agree on." Senators Joe Manchin, Pat Toomey, and Chris Murphy spoke to President Trump on the phone about gun control. But the president has yet to make a decision and they said he showed no sign on the phone call of what he’ll sign onto, after weeks of flip-flopping on the issue in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. "I want to be clear. The president did not make a commitment to support any particular bill or any particular thing, but he did strongly convey an interest in doing something meaningful and something that we would be able to embrace and that could pass," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., told reporters afterward. A source familiar with the talks, which included Manchin, Toomey, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who favors far more expansive gun control measures, said there was no agreement by the president on when he would reveal his highly-anticipated decision; rather, […]

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