Mar 1, 2018

NRA, GOP senators push back on Trump's gun proposals

President Trump meets with bipartisan members of Congress. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

The NRA and members of the GOP pushed back on President Trump's comments during a bipartisan meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

Why it matters: During the meeting, Trump encouraged several things that the NRA wouldn't agree with, including taking guns away from owners without due process. He also told lawmakers: "I’m a fan of the NRA, there’s no bigger fan...but that doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything."

The NRA said the meeting was "great TV" but "bad policy," per The Hill:

"While today’s meeting made for great TV, the gun control proposals discussed would make for bad policy...Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of a deranged lunatic our leaders should pass meaningful reforms that would actually prevent future tragedies.”
— NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker to The Hill

Republican lawmakers were distancing themselves from Trump's comments, the Weekly Standard reports.

  • Sen. Thom Tillis said: "I don’t ever believe there’s a time in this country where due process can be dismissed, period...I know you heard the words. I just don't believe in my heart of hearts that's exactly what he meant."
  • Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement: "We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the president talked to today doesn’t like them."

Go deeper: What Trump said during his White House meeting.

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DMV area issues coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states and territory are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 766,336 — Total deaths: 36,873 — Total recoveries: 160,001.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 153,246 — Total deaths: 2,828 — Total recoveries: 5,545.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Rep. Nydia Velázquez diagnosed with "presumed" coronavirus infection.
  4. State updates: Virginia and Maryland issued stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states — Florida megachurch pastor arrested for refusing to call off mass services.
  5. World updates: Italy reports 1,590 recoveries from the virus, its highest ever.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan
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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.