Schumer: I'm 'amazed' how fast Trump caved to NRA

Schumer: I'm 'amazed' how fast Trump caved to NRA
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCongress: Americans in Puerto Rico still need our help Airbnb is doing the Democrats' dirty work Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he is "amazed" at how quickly President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE bowed to the National Rifle Association (NRA) after he threw his support behind a proposal to arm trained teachers.

"Not surprised the NRA reeled President Trump back in," Schumer said in a statement. "Just amazed at how fast it happened."

Schumer's comment came after another statement earlier Thursday, in which he accused Trump of having caved to the NRA's demands related to guns in the past. 

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"I hope this time will be different," Schumer said in the earlier statement.

Trump signaled a shift on gun control reform this week after facing pressure to act following a deadly shooting at a South Florida high school.

He suggested in a tweet Thursday that his administration would push for stricter background checks for gun purchases and would seek to raise the age to buy guns. 

But he also voiced support for a plan to implement concealed carry for highly trained teachers and get rid of gun-free zones around schools. 

Schumer's second statement on Thursday did not follow any further comments from Trump.

In another tweet on Thursday, Trump defended the NRA, which has faced intense scrutiny in recent days, calling the organization's leaders "Great People and Great American Patriots."