The limited scope of the Trump school safety plan and the President's unwillingness to challenge the hard math in Congress also undercut his complaints that he was far better at shaking congressional paralysis than his predecessors.
As for federal age limits on gun purchases, it only said the government would form a special commission on school safety, with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in charge. Invoking past mass school shootings, she continued, "No student, no family, no teacher and no school should have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook or Columbine again".
Since the Parkland school shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students such as Hogg, as well as his colleague Emma Gonzalez, have become national gun-control activists. A White House official said Trump still wanted stronger background checks but recognized the risks of alienating his supporters.
"On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting", he wrote. And certainly one of the other policies that the president had endorsed and then backed away from was actually closing loopholes in the background check system.
"I mean, so they buy a revolver - a handgun - they buy at the age of 21". But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18.
The White House said Trump has taken aggressive action to confront Iran's "threatening behaviour", including imposing sanctions on dozens of Iran-linked entities and refusing to re-certify the Iran deal.
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"Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who's on a blue-ribbon committee?".
"In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Trump called on representatives of over 50 Muslim-majority nations to do more to combat terror and extremist ideology", it said.
Administration officials said they had not set a deadline for the commission's recommendations, but expected they'd be made in under a year.
Democrats asked questions that mentioned Trump's name were less likely to favor proposals attached to him than those who didn't see him mentioned. Since nearly immediately after the Parkland shooting, the president has advocated arming some teachers as a solution to stopping future massacres. "But the other thing that he showed after that is he is no better than the other politicians because he called out other GOP members and said essentially that you're owned by the NRA and that's why you don't want to take action". The White House has not proposed offering states new funding for this training. "We absolutely do not need more guns in schools or to fortress our schools like prisons".
"The president has rallied world powers in support of increasing economic and diplomatic pressure".
Instead, the White House reiterated its support for improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check through the "Fix NICS" bill, which would penalize federal agencies that don't properly report required records and reward states that comply by providing them with federal grant preferences.
These court-issued orders allow for law enforcement officers to remove guns from people who pose a demonstrated threat, "to temporarily prevent such individuals from purchasing new firearms, all while still protecting due process rights", said Andrew Bremberg, a presidential assistant who heads the Domestic Policy Council.