National Rifle Association (NRA)

Trump warns of "slippery slope" on gun control amid NRA phone call

President Donald Trump (L) sits beside Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Wayne LaPierre (R)in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 1, 2017
President Donald Trump and NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre in the White House in 2017. Photo: Michael Reynolds - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters Tuesday the U.S. already has "very, very strong background" background checks for guns, as he emphasized mental health issues when asked to clarify his stance following 2 mass shootings this month.

The big picture: The president's comments came as National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a Twitter post he had spoken with Trump on Tuesday.

NRA turmoil: More board members resign

 Convention attendees pass by a sign for the National Rifle Association at the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's event
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Country music singer Craig Morgan and Richard Childress, a NASCAR team owner, have become the latest National Rifle Association members to resign from the board, the NRA confirmed to the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Per WashPost, the latest resignations take the number of directors to have stepped down since May from the NRA board to 7. It's another blow for the NRA in a year that's been marked by very public in-fighting, with former president Oliver North stepping down and the gun rights group's top lobbyist Chris Cox resigning after being accused of complicity in a failed coup against CEO Wayne LaPierre — who's had his handling of NRA finances brought into question.