President Trump on Monday accused some governors of being “scared” of the Nra and argued that “sometimes” government officials would have to fight the lobby to achieve necessary reforms. During his public remarks today to governors, President Trump said he had lunch over the weekend with several NRA officials, including Wayne LaPierre. The President expressed some amusement at how the press didn’t find out before saying the people he spoke with “want to do something.” Trump touted the need for “very strong” background checks while saying, “There’s no bigger fan of the Second Amendment than me and there’s no bigger fan of the NRA. And these guys are great patriots, they’re great people.” And as an aside at one point, the President said this:
“Don’t worry about the NRA, they’re on our side. You guys––half of you are so afraid of the NRA. There’s nothing to be afraid of. And you know what? If they’re not with you, we have to fight ’em every once in a while. That’s okay. They’re doing what they think is right.”
The president’s comments — made during a bipartisan meeting at the White House of more than three-dozen state governors — are his most aggressive to date in taking on the NRA, which spent big in 2016 to help him get elected. Trump said he had lunch over the weekend with NRA officials Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox and again signaled that the NRA could be open to some of the proposals he has made on new restrictions. “Don’t worry about the NRA,” Trump said. “They’re on our side.” Still, the president said that some people in the room of governors — most of those on hand were Republicans — are “so scared” of the NRA and that “sometimes” you have to fight them. The president has proposed raising the age of purchase for all guns from 18 to 21 — a proposal that the NRA opposes. That proposal has picked up steam in recent days among Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Trump has also called for expanding background checks, although it’s unclear if he hopes to go further than an NRA-backed bill that aims to incentivize agencies to utilize the current background checks system.Speaking to the nation’s governors in the White House, the president responded Monday to news coverage of his calls to teachers to prevent schoo Trump says he wants “highly-trained people that have a natural talent, like hitting a baseball or hitting a golf ball or putting” to be armed in schools. Trump says the only way to stop s is “retribution.” He says “the bad guy has to understand that there’s a big price to pay if your mess around with our students.”