Nearly half a month has passed since the dual mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, forced the president, his administration, and Capitol Hill MPs to launch another arms control debate. And in those short weeks, Donald Trump has already started pumping brakes in support of background check legislation, as he said, "we've never had one before."
"He started to move forward," White's spokesman House agreed, adding that they had not heard the president discuss the topic in recent days with the same urgency or frequency that determine the immediate aftermath of the shootings. "If it depends on the president, he will make checks today. But it does not work and he loses patience [quickly]. "
So far this month, President Trump has published four tweets directly addressing the need for more robust background checks on weapons purchases, one less than that published for Diamond & Silk, the likes of Trump, a self-described" Video Vloggers, " appearing regularly on Fox News and Fox Business.
That Trump's attention span has diverted before Congress even comes together to discuss gun control reform is hardly a surprise. promised to handle the previous checks just to be weaves on the idea after mass shootings that accelerated his apparent interest faded from the news cycle Two sources close to the president said they spoke with Trump last week and none of them reminded him that he had said anything
But for Hill officials, Trump's latest rebate still serves as a remarkable illustration of how quickly he can paralyze the legislative process ̵
"Nothing is happening," an aide to the Senate Democratic Party, who asked to be named "a severely depressed official who has gone through too many of them," said of the current state of the negotiations. "That's all Trump. Everything is in his hands. Nobody talks to Republicans or their offices. If the president says, "Yes, I want to do it," he gets 85 votes. If he doesn't, he doesn't. "
So far, the president has not said he wants to" do it. "There has been no conversation with Senator Joe Manchin (DW.V.) – the Democrat's top joint co-sponsor of the most bipartisan scrutiny legislation – since the two spoke early last week. White House officials have not had significant follow-up conversations with Senate officials since they have convened to discuss Manchin-Pat Toumi's legislation, associates say, and a senior Democratic House aide has confirmed that there is "not much movement at the end of the Capitol."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mac Connell (R-KY) said in a radio interview on Aug. 8 that he had spoken with the president and was "concerned" with working with him to get a weapon result. A McConnell spokesman told The Daily Beast that the leader of The GOP and Trump talk often, but would not say if they talked about future bills in recent days.
A source familiar with the discussions said Democrats remain willing to work with Trump to reach a legislative compromise on weapons. But they are skeptical that this could happen, aware of his tendency to back down after past mass shootings. The hope among the Senate services involved in the discussions is that the White House will ultimately make clear what proposals Trump can and cannot support regarding gun legislation, and that this in turn will set the table for possible next steps by source familiar with the conversations.
But so far, the president has signaled that he is stepping down from the idea that he could pass an expanded bill through Congress through Congress. On Sunday, he told reporters that "people do not realize that we have very strong background checks," before arguing that the problem of gun violence is "a major mental problem [health]."
any confusion, Trump added: "Look, I had a great relationship with [National Rifle Association] and I will always have a great relationship. I was very good for the NRA.
Although the gun rights lobby is in a state of internal turmoil, its influence has not diminished on the Hill or the West Wing. The group is firmly opposed to the ongoing efforts to expand background checks and quickly jumped on the phone with Trump to regain that position after two recent massacres. Since then, more conservative voices, including figures closely linked to Trump, have signaled disapproval of broad-based legislation favored by Democratic lawmakers.
"We already have checks on all arms deals except those between individuals. Spending time on this is a waste for anyone who really wants to help with the mass shootings, "Ed Brookever, a senior adviser on Trump's presidential campaign, said on Monday.
Democratic Hill aides expect Republicans to after all, don't go to the law this time unless the NRA approves, and so there is growing reconciliation with the idea that Senate dispute leaders will complete reforms to the background check system that looks after
One such bill was introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the Newtons firing in early 2013 and reintroduced The bill increases funding for school safety measures, criminalizes the purchase of straw and encourages states to report mental health documents, but does not actually limit gun ownership, at least in material ways. Alternatively, a so-called "red flag law" proposal – designed to keep guns out of the hands of the most dangerous people – is arguably the maximum level of gun control a GOP can hold.
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Has already said Democrats will not "settle" for gun actions that are restricted to red flag laws. On Monday, he called Trump's "heartbreaking" heartbreaking, and called on McConnell to immediately place universal checks on the Senate's vote. There was no response from McConnell or Trump.
"Every reporter called me and said the weather felt different," said the Democratic Senate aide. "I was like, am I missing anything?"