BREAKING: Press Secretary Sanders Releases Statement on Gun Background Checks
Sarah Sanders has released a statement in response to President Trump showing support of an improved gun background check system This comes in the wake of the tragic Florida school shooting, where parents and students are demanding more gun control.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders send over this statement on gun background checks:
“The President spoke to Senator Comyn on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. Murphy introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation. While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”
President Donald Trump elicited howls of outrage when, during a weekend tweetstorm, he blasted the FBI for being too focused on Russia to prevent the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 students dead last week.
In a series of tweets, students at the school blasted the president for selfishly using the tragedy for political purposes and blamed him and the broader Republican Party for resisting gun control laws that might've stopped the shooter, who had a history of mental illness, from purchasing the AR-15 assault rifle he used during the attack.
Students at the school and others affected by the shooting are calling on Congress to act to improve gun control restrictions, per the Hill.
And in a shocking reversal, Trump appears to have listened to their comments because the White House is saying it's "supportive" of stricter background-check requirements, according to NPR.
Trump reportedly spoke with Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who is co-sponsoring a bill with Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy to tighten federal background check requirements, saying that the White House is "supportive" of strengthening background checks.