White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter during a news briefing at the White House. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House "welcomes" the conversation about regulating the use of bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. Sanders added that "right now our focus has been on healing and uniting the country" and reminded reporters that Trump is still "a strong supporter" of the 2nd amendment. "That hasn't changed."

Minutes before: The NRA called on the federal government to review whether there should be "additional regulations" placed on bump stocks.

Briefing highlights:

  • On Tillerson dodging whether he called Trump a "moron": "It's beneath the Secretary of State" to address those rumors.
  • Trump's "fake news" tweets: Sanders sees "no difference" between Russian-led fake news and inaccurate stories from mainstream media. The media spends its time on "petty palace intrigue," she said.
  • Should Congress investigate news outlets (as Trump suggested on Twitter this morning)? "No."
  • On the controversial response to Trump's PR visit: "It was widely praised, even by a Democrat governor... I think it's sad that the Mayor of San Juan chose to make that a political statement instead of focusing on the relief efforts."
  • On Senate's Russia probe: The Senate Intelligence Committee has found "zero evidence" of collusion after conducting hours of interviews with Trump campaign officials.
  • Iran deal: Trump's national security team "supports" his decision, which will be announced in "the coming days."
  • On hurricane-ravaged islands: Starting tomorrow, Vice President Pence will travel to Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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