Sen. Chris Murphy says he believes the White House is still committed to working on a comprehensive anti-gun violence proposal, despite Pres. Trump’s mixed signals on gun sale background checks.
Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told reporters Friday that he believes the White House is still committed to working on a comprehensive anti-gun violence bill.
Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told reporters on Friday that, despite President Donald Trump’s recent mixed signals on gun sale background checks, he believes the White House is still committed to working on a comprehensive anti-gun violence proposal. Sources tell ABC News that the White House has scheduled a bipartisan staff meeting next week between all parties involved to work on further drafting legislation that would address the gun violence epidemic. Murphy, who spoke with Trump by phone last week, said Trump “told me personally that he was indeed serious about moving forward together on what he called meaningful background check legislation.” “The president told me that he knew that Republicans in the Senate wouldn't support it unless he supported a background checks measure and he was committed to finding a way forward,” Murphy said. But then, Murphy said, Trump made comments later this week that seemed to suggest he was “once again backing away from his commitment to work on background check legislation.” Murphy said he was in contact with the White House as late as Thursday night and said he believes the White House is still on board with finding a background check reform solution. But it’s unclear which measure the White House supports and if it would include implementing universal background checks or simply expanding on current background checks. Congress has not passed any sweeping gun reform legislation since the 1990s. Lawmakers have tried and failed numerous times, notably after the 2012 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 school children were killed by a gunman. Murphy was the US senator for Connecticut at that time. Other proposals the White House is potentially weighing, according to Murphy, include a federal grant program that would assist states in implementing the “Red Flag” law, which Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C,. and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., support. The state law typically permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. The White House could also consider two background check bills passed by the House in February. One of the bills would establish new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties. The other bill would extend the review period for the FBI to complete its background checks for gun purchases from three days to 10 days. “I am skeptical that these efforts are going to bear fruit,” Murphy said Friday. “I think it’s very hard to negotiate with this White House when the president’s public positions seem to change by the day.” “I'm sure there will some there will be some people who will say I'm naive to think that we're going to end up getting a proposal through that will significantly expand background checks and be able to get 60 votes in the Senate, but I'm going to try,” he added. Murphy said he believes Trump has the “instinct to lead” but he’s talking to the gun lobby “more more frequently than he’s talking to me.” “If this, you know, all seems like a ruse, an attempt by the president to make it look like he's doing something without actually moving the ball down the field, I think we'll know that in fairly short order,” Murphy said. Murphy acknowledged that public support for passing a universal background check is at an all-time high and it’s very likely Republicans are keeping this in mind heading into the 2020 presidential election cycle. “If you want to win the presidency in 2020 you can't be in the pocket of the gun lobby,” Murphy said. “If you win a seat for Congress in the 2020 elections, you can't be owned by the gun industry. You have to show that you are willing to take them on.” Murphy said he thought it was “interesting” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “opening the door” to a background checks bill in the Senate because McConnell likely recognizes the issue of guns could be a real “political vulnerability” for his caucus. “The only way that we pass a bill in the Senate is if there is a proposal with words on a piece of paper that the president says he's for and says it for more than 24 hours at a time,” Murphy said. He added: “If Donald Trump gets behind a background checks reform bill, it will pass the Senate.” ABC News' Jordyn Phelps and Trish Turner contributed to this story. Read more: ABC News
Moran How can with a straight face, lie to the american public? Ho wait a trump loyalists. How blindly optimistic of him. Nothing can be done while Humpty Trumpty is in office. He doesn't compromise, is rude, and has no business being president This nitwit needs to be ejected from The Senate! European Americans must move on.a quintessential case of guity conscience pricks the soul!
He also believes in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter bunny. how much do you owe the financial institutions that gave you a sweet heart deal on your mortgage when you were in default... we dont forget paid for politicians and who they owe. STFUP🐀 Trump is not. Don't you lie too.
White House drops attempt to cancel foreign aid in latest Trump policy changeThe White House has dropped its attempt to move forward with a controversial plan to eliminate up to $4 billion in foreign aid funding without congressional approval, several officials confirmed Thursday. Here we go again! Trump says he will be going rogue and backs off! So predictable. He’s a paper tiger and needs to be covered less by the media. He is now a lame sick and dead duck. Everyone is up in arms over the debt but when the president tries to save Americans money, they pitch a fit. Ridiculous
He’s delusional. Trump and the Republicans will never buck the NRA. Ever. The only way that gun laws in this country will ever change is if Democrats control the House, the Senate, AND the White House. Interesting. Then Chris Murphy is a complete moron. why does he believe this ChrisMurphyCT is a complete do-nothing, blind politician.
🤮🤮🤮🤮 Lol This is some Pelosi-level uselessness. Trump will do nothing because of all that NRA money.
Trump Adviser Says White House Could Propose Tax Cuts Before 2020 ElectionLawrence Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, said a middle-class tax-cut proposal could be unveiled during the 2020 presidential campaign, adding a new layer to conflicting messages from the Trump administration. I heard he gets paid in cocaine. They look like a juggler running out of hands. What a joke this administration is
Right now the only thing the White House is committed to is wrangling the president and trying to put out the dumpster fire of a trade war he just escalated.
President Trump meeting with trade team at White House amid tweetstorm that rocked marketsStocks dropped after Donald Trump ordered that U.S. companies find alternatives to their operations in China. 50% tariffs on everything China... let's see it! 👀👀👀👀📉📉📉 Another 50% haircut for the markets? Coming soon? How about they just forcefully remove his ass already? 25thAmendmentNow
White House backs off plan for multi-billion dollar cut to US foreign assistanceThe Trump White House has backed off a plan for multi-billion dollar cuts to U.S. foreign assistance in the face of congressional opposition. MEXICO, SOUTH AMERICA AND ALL OF ASIA... NO MORE MONEY!!!
White House drops attempt to cancel foreign aidThe White House has dropped its attempt to move forward with a controversial plan to eliminate up to $4 billion in foreign aid funding, several officials confirmed Thursday. Tfw ur administration is too incompetent to do even the most basic things Why ? Rather than giving to other countries or buying stupid lands, US should spend on its own citizens ! 😆🤣😆🤣😆 this administration is like 2 childrens fighting I hate you and tomorrow hugging each other 😆😆
GSA official had sex with White House staffer on roof of agency's HQ, watchdog report saysA former top-ranking General Services Administration manager admitted to having sex on the roof of the agency's headquarters building and drinking alcohol in the office, according to an inspector general report made public this week. This is news Why? Imagine what they do at Bar A Lago Chinese spies and all Good for him Which Upcoming BTS Collab Are You Most Excited About? Vote! BTS Crashed TikTok With Their New Song 'On' Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support Trump Rips 'Parasite' Oscars Win and Brad Pitt in Colorado Rally Rant Trump Mocks ‘Parasite’ Best Picture Win: ‘What the Hell Was That All About?’ Monsta X Performs 'You Can't Hold My Heart' on 'Today' Bloomberg Housekeepers Brace For Another Day Of Dressing Up Like DNC Candidates And Letting Boss Beat Them In Debate