Pelosi: Trump ‘Understood Our Interest in Moving as Quickly as Possible’ to Pass Gun Control Legislation

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 9, 2019 | 11:42 AM EDT

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
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“The President gave us his assurances” he would review new gun control legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said after she and Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke with President Donald Trump on Thursday.

Trump called and held separate conversions with Pelosi and Schumer after Speaker Pelosi sent the president a letter urging him to call the Senate back into session to take up House-passed universal background check legislation. “Mr. President, we have an opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to pass gun violence prevention background checks,” Pelosi wrote, expressing hope the two could cooperate on the issue.

Following her phone conversation with Trump, Pelosi and Schumer issued an optimistic statement, saying Trump had assured her he would consider her legislation and understood her sense of urgency:

“We spoke to the President separately this afternoon and told him the best way forward to address gun violence in our country is for Leader McConnell to let the Senate take up and pass the House-passed universal background checks legislation and for the President to sign it into law.

“The President gave us his assurances that he would review the bipartisan House-passed legislation and understood our interest in moving as quickly as possible to help save lives.”



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