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U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. for a day trip to suburban Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for a Make America Great Again rally supporting Republican candidate U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. Thomson Reuters
Ellis Copeland | 14 March, 2018, 12:57

President Donald Trump stood accused yesterday of caving in to the United States gun lobby one month after the Florida school shooting, as the White House pushed ahead with plans to arm teachers but backpedaled on curbing access to assault rifles.

President Donald Trump will push states to make it easier to seize weapons from people a court finds risky, hold federal agencies more accountable for background checks, and promote arming teachers. We've heard many times that he's inevitably persuaded by the last person he talks to, but there, too, "persuaded" isn't the right way to think about it.

At one point, Sanders was asked outright by a reporter why Trump "chickened out", but she insisted his ideas in the meeting were still a part of the plan.

"Take the guns first, go through due process second", Trump has said. Sanders said the president hasn't abandoned the proposal, but said there is little support for it on Capitol Hill. But the action at the White House is taking is creating a federal commission to talk about this stuff more and punting a lot of the most controversial issues including age limits to this commission, which is of course the opposite of taking action - it is in fact just engaging in more talk. It's just such a striking fact of the American gun control debate that this whole issue is being discussed around arming schools.

With White House support, Congress is considering bills to provide additional funds to "harden" schools through training and perhaps some building upgrades. "Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms".

Trump also called on states to pass court-issued Risk Protection Orders, which allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals who pose risks to themselves and others, and temporarily prevent them from buying firearms.

"His initiative basically amounts to a big nothing", he said of Trump.

Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo cancels speech at Utah security conference
Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office in January 2017. Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was the final straw for the former Wall Street banker.


Ronda Rousey on UFC return: 'WWE is what I enjoy right now'
WWE now has John Cena advertised to appear and tonight's RAW saw Cena issue a WrestleMania 34 challenge to The Dead Man. Last week on Raw , her debut match was finally made official.


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U.S. officials will pick up discussions with their European Union counterparts about the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. It is unclear how Mike Pompeo becoming USA secretary of state may affect the Iran nuclear deal.


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. "Responding to the murder of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby's platform is a shameful abdication of the president's responsibility to lead", Sen.

A Republican who speaks with senior White House officials regularly says this is what many aides were looking to avoid.

Trump was endorsed by the NRA in his 2016 presidential election campaign.

The administration also confirmed Trump's support for a congressional measure known as Fix NICS, which helps local officials improve efforts to enter data into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and the congressional STOP School Violence Act, which enhances school security and affords some subsidy for such efforts.

On Saturday, the Justice Department submitted a regulation to ban bump stocks - devices that turn semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic machine guns - that would not require congressional approval.

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka - a senior White House adviser with such duties as lobbying the Senate on tax policy and representing her father at a Group of 20 summit of world leaders - will collect more than $1 million a year from the family business that has continued to develop luxury resorts around the world during the Trump presidency.

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