Mar 12, 2018

White House: Trump "hasn't backed away from" raising gun purchase age

Sanders at the podium. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump "hasn't back away from" some of the school safety proposals he initially made, such as raising the purchase age for certain weapons, though his plan — unveiled yesterday — excludes such actions opposed by the NRA.

"Is there anything [in Trump's school safety plan] that the NRA opposes?," ABC's Jon Karl asked. Sanders said that increasing the age to purchase assault-style rifles to 21 "will be reviewed."

Highlights:

  • On the attack against an ex-spy in the U.K., which British PM Theresa May said was "likely" perpetrated by Russians: "Outrage ... reckless ... irresponsible ... We stand by our closest ally in the special relationship we have... We are ready if we can be of any assistance." Notable: Sanders didn't say "Russia."
  • Trump will make his first trip to Latin America, with a stop in Lima, Peru, next month.
  • White House "fully expects" the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un will happen. “North Korea made several promises and we hope they stick to those promises and if so, the meeting will go on as planned," Sanders said.

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  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.
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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.

Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam 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 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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