Conservative commentator Ann CoulterAnn Hart CoulterCoulter rips Trump for signaling support for tougher background checks NBC analyst: Trump re-raising US flags on Aug. 8 'very significant to the neo-Nazi movement' Juan Williams: Trump's trouble with women MORE mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE on Friday for signaling support for negotiations in the House and Senate over stricter background checks for gun purchases in the wake of several mass shootings.

"QUIZ: Does @realDonaldTrump know less about gun laws or immigration law? WE ALREADY HAVE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. Forcing widows to lose money selling her husband's gun to a nephew is not going to stop one gun crime," she tweeted.


"Laws that would actually reduce gun crimes: 1) prosecute of straw purchasers 2) concealed carry laws," Coulter continued. "3) stop hiding the disciplinary records of high school kids 4) allow crazy people to be institutionalized 5) force local officials to follow up on 'red flag' tips."

Coulter was an initial supporter of the president, even penning a book, "In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!" during the 2016 campaign, but has in subsequent years become a detractor of Trump on some issues, including border security.

Trump called for "intelligent background checks" Friday during a press conference with reporters as he left the White House, and tweeted that "serious discussions" were taking place in Congress over the issue.

"Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks. I have also been speaking to the NRA [National Rifle Association], and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected," Trump tweeted.

"Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people," the president continued in a second tweet. "I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!"