Trump, Ryan to meet at Mar-a-Lago to discuss 2018 agenda

Trump, Ryan to meet at Mar-a-Lago to discuss 2018 agenda
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The meeting comes days after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded more than a dozen others at a South Florida high school, reigniting the contentious debate over the nation’s gun laws. 
 
Trump has said he is “working with Congress on many fronts” to prevent future shootings, including on mental health issues and strengthening school security. 
 
But the president, who received support from the National Rifle Association (NRA) during the 2016 election, has not weighed in on whether he believes stricter gun laws should be a part of the discussion.
 
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Ryan has warned against a rush to pass new gun control measures following Wednesday's shooting in Parkland, Fla., despite growing pressure from Democrats and advocates.
 
“There’s more questions than answers at this stage,” Ryan said in a radio interview Thursday. “I don’t think that means you then roll the conversation into taking away citizens’ rights — taking away a law-abiding citizen’s rights.”
 
The meeting comes one day after thousands of people gathered roughly 40 miles away from Trump in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to demand new laws to prevent gun violence.
 
“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association,” student Emma Gonzalez said during a speech at the rally. “I already know — $30 million.”
 
Trump and Ryan could also discuss the immigration debate, which came to a standstill this week after the Senate failed to advance a proposal to address the fate of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
 
The Senate voted down four separate measures, including a bipartisan proposal and a framework backed by Trump
 
The White House and House conservatives are pressuring Ryan to hold a vote on a proposal written by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteRepublicans become entangled by family feuds over politics House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier Goodlatte's son 'embarrassed' his father's 'grandstanding' got Strzok fired MORE (R-Va.), which largely includes Trump’s hard-line demands for cuts to legal immigration in exchange for protections for young immigrants. 
 
But moderate Republicans have indicated they plan to oppose the proposal and Democrats have called it a non-starter, leaving its chances for passage uncertain.