Manchin: Trump would sign my background checks bill

Manchin: Trump would sign my background checks bill
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Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate GOP: We will grow our majority in midterms CIA torture could stymie nominee An upset, yes, but a short victory lap for Democrat Lamb in Pennsylvania MORE (D-W.Va.) said Sunday that he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE would sign his legislation strengthening background checks on gun purchases if the bill made it to his desk.

“I really believe he would,” Manchin told CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked if he thought Trump would sign the bill. 

When pressed by host Jake Tapper, Manchin said he believes in his “heart of hearts” that the president would sign the legislation. 

Manchin is referring to a bill he pushed with Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyWH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying MORE (R-Pa.) aimed at expanding background checks to gun shows and online sales. The legislation failed in the upper chamber in 2013, but is receiving a new push after the school shooting last month in South Florida that left 17 people dead.

Manchin also said Sunday that the bill would have passed the Senate had Trump been in office in 2013. 

“If President Trump had been president in 2013, that bill would have passed,” Manchin told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

--This report was updated at 12:27 p.m.