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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 SchumerChuck SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he is "amazed" at how quickly President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts 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."