President Donald Trump signaled Monday that he may not reach an agreement with Democrats on stricter gun measures after weekend discussions with party leaders.
“The big questions are,” the president tweeted, “will they ‘move the goalposts’ and, is this just a ploy to TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY?
“I hope NOT on both counts,” Trump continued, “but I’ll be able to figure it out!”
The tweet also cited former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu’s comments from a Fox News interview: “Democrats would rather talk about gun control than get something done.”
Trump’s post comes after an 11-minute telephone conversation Sunday with top Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, CNN reports.
But the Democrats warned the president that any gun legislation that did not include universal background checks “will not get the job done,” Politico reported Monday, making it more difficult for negotiations between Trump and senators to succeed.
The stalemate continues to cloud President Trump’s ultimate position on the background-check issue, CNN reports.
“Even in private, Trump has not revealed a final position,” the cable network reports, citing “people familiar with the discussions.”
A bipartisan measure on background checks — sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. — is pending, while the House passed similar legislation in February.