Trump pleased with coverage of his role in gun debate

Trump pleased with coverage of his role in gun debate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut MORE is pleased with the positive news coverage surrounding his handling of the debate over gun reform, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The newspaper reports that Trump's feelings about how the news media covered his White House "listening session" with school shooting survivors and parents of victims last month is one of the few bright spots for an administration in turmoil.

Trump's pride in the reports on his gun control comments comes as aides say other media coverage of White House controversies infuriates him.

One aide described it to the Post as "pure madness." 

Gun control has re-entered the national conversation after a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., left 17 dead and survivors launched a national campaign against gun violence.

The news comes despite conservatives in the House backing away from the president after Trump's comments on "due process" this week bewildered many pro-gun members of his party.


“President Trump can do more damage than President Obama did to the Second Amendment with the bully pulpit, because Republicans instinctively rejected anything Obama put forward," libertarian Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse conservatives to introduce amendments to omnibus Action on guns and immigration screeches to a halt in Congress Gun debate: Here are the proposals that Congress is considering MORE (R-Ky.) said this week.

During a televised meeting with lawmakers, Trump appeared to agree with Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support Senate, Trump clash over Saudi Arabia MORE, who called for stronger background checks before gun purchases.

“You have a different president now,” Trump told the senator. “You went through a lot of presidents and you didn't get it done. You have a different president. And I think, maybe, you have a different attitude, too. I think people want to get it done.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified the remarks, stating that Trump supported improvements to the system but not necessarily universal background checks.

“He wants to see what that legislation, the final piece of it looks like,” she told reporters at the White House. “Universal means something different to a lot of people. He certainly wants to focus and improve on the background check system.”

Earlier this week, Trump also faced criticism on social media after meeting with members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the White House.

Sanders told reporters that the president promised the NRA “only that he'll continue to support the Second Amendment.”

Trump tweeted Thursday that he had a “Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!”

This article was updated at 12 p.m.