On the advice of his campaign officials, President Donald Trump has reportedly shelved plans for new gun control measures that he said were forthcoming following two mass shooting incidents over the summer.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump 2020 campaign director Brad Parscale and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney advised the president against moving forward on the issue, saying that to do so would be politically poisonous to his reelection bid.
Administration officials tell the Post that Trump no longer asks about the issue and that people on his domestic policy team have moved on to other issues. Discussions between the White House and the National Rifle Association, which is vehemently opposed to any legislation that would curtail gun rights, have all-but stopped, the Post said, signaling that the lobbying group is no longer worried about any new White House action.
“President Trump quietly moved gun control to the side and let it be replaced by breaking news,” Dan Eberhart, a major GOP donor, told the Post. “I suspect that was the plan all along.”
After two high-profile mass shootings during the summer, one in Dayton in which nine people were murdered and another at a Walmart in El Paso in which 22 people were killed, Trump repeatedly said he was in favor of more background checks for gun buyers and promised a new focus on mental health issues as they related to gun violence.
“We’re going to take a look at a lot of different things. And we’ll be reporting back in a fairly short period of time,” he told reporters on September 11. “There are a lot of things under discussion. Some things will never happen, and some things can, really, very much — some very meaningful things can happen.”