Trump, Ryan meet at Mar-a-Lago amid calls for action on gun violence

Greg Nash

President Trump on Sunday met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at Mar-a-Lago to discuss the Republican Party’s agenda, as calls grow for both the administration and Congress to take action on gun control following a deadly shooting at a nearby Florida high school.

The shooting in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead, was among the issues the pair discussed during the meeting, the White House said in a statement, although no details were provided.

Trump, who has said he is “working with Congress on many fronts” to prevent future shootings, has not yet weighed in on his stance on tougher gun measures following the shooting. He did, however, rail against the Obama administration on Twitter on Sunday for supposedly failing to pass gun control legislation when it had the chance. {mosads}

Ryan, for his part, has warned against new gun control measures following the latest deadly shooting.

“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 came as a growing chorus of lawmakers, activists and students called for the government to take action on gun violence.

Thousands gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday to mourn the deaths of those in Wednesday’s shooting and call for restricted access to firearms, while on Sunday students appeared on television to call for an organized march in an effort to hold lawmakers accountable.

Some Democrats and Republicans on Sunday also urged lawmakers to consider varying degrees of reforms, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), a former presidential contender, pleaded with Trump to take the lead on the issue.

Trump and Ryan also discussed immigration and infrastructure reform, according to the statement.

The immigration debate hit a roadblock last week after the Senate failed to pass legislation that would address the fate of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

The Senate on Thursday rejected Trump’s plan for immigration reform by a 39-60 vote, making it the fourth proposal in a row denied by the upper chamber. 

The Trump-backed measure, which was led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), provided a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, who could face deportation as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is scaled back.

The White House’s infrastructure plan was also thrust into the spotlight last week when the administration released its 55-page proposal. The plan puts forth a framework for lawmakers to draft legislation for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that would focus on public-private partnerships and funding from state and local governments.

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