WH: Trump Doesn’t Expect Gun Legislation to Happen Overnight

By Melanie Arter | March 2, 2018 | 4:36pm EST
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Thursday that the president wants an ongoing discussion about the best pieces of gun legislation that Congress can put forward, and it’s not something that he expects to happen overnight.

This after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Thursday that the Senate won’t discuss gun legislation next week. He said he’d love to pass gun legislation, and he’s hopeful that “there is a way forward.”

A reporter said Republicans seem to be “running away from what the president wanted” as far as “a quick resolution on this front” and asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders why President Donald Trump didn’t have “the clout on Capitol Hill” that a Republican president should have with a Republican Congress and why Trump “can’t seem to get Congress to bend to his will.”

“I don't think it's necessarily about bending to his will. I think it's about an ongoing discussion about the best pieces of legislation that they can put forward. Yesterday was certainly an important part of that,” Sanders said of the president’s meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on Wednesday.

“The president has met with a number of stakeholders. Next week, he'll also be meeting with members of the videogame industry to see what they can do on that front as well,” she said.

Invitations for Trump’s meeting with video game industry representatives started going out on Thursday, Sanders told reporters Friday during an off-camera gaggle prior to the president’s trip to Charlotte, N.C., to attend Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral.

"In terms of the details, we're still finalizing what that's going to look like," Sanders said of the meeting with video game executives.

“This is going to be an ongoing process and something that we don't expect to happen overnight, but something that we're going to continue to be engaged in and continue to look for the best ways possible to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect schools across the country,” Sanders told reporters on Thursday.

 

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