Democratic senator on possibility of Trump standing up to the NRA: 'That's just such BS'

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoHorowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe Live coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill Democrats rip Barr over IG statement: 'Mouthpiece' for Trump MORE (D-Hawaii) on Thursday expressed doubt that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE would defy the National Rifle Association (NRA) as he and some other Republicans have called for certain gun control measures after a pair of mass shootings. 

"There are two people who are holding everything up: It's [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play House Democrats to vote on flavored e-cigarettes ban next year MORE and the president," Hirono told CNN about gun legislation. 

"When the president starts talking about, he's going to take on the NRA, he'll stand up to them, oh that's just such B.S.," she added.


Hirono noted that Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarFive questions looming over impeachment Rep. Veronica Escobar elected to represent freshman class in House leadership Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees MORE (D), who represents the El Paso, Texas, area, said Trump did not have time to talk to her, but that he had a phone conversation with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre. 

"He had all kinds of time to talk to the NRA," she said. 

After the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead over the weekend, Trump has expressed support for "red flag" laws that would allow local law enforcement to take firearms from those a court determines could be a threat to themselves or others. 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday called the president  a "prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA" in a joint statement.  

“It took less than three hours for the president to back off his call for stronger background check legislation. When he can’t talk about guns when he talks about gun violence, it shows the president remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA," they said. 

The NRA, meanwhile, said in a statement that it "welcomes" Trump's response to the shootings.