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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senator on possibility of Trump standing up to the NRA: 'That's just such BS' Schumer to Trump: Demand McConnell hold vote on background check bill Graham moves controversial asylum bill through panel; Democrats charge he's broken the rules MORE (D-Hawaii) on Thursday expressed doubt that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? 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 McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report 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 EscobarCongressional Hispanic Caucus calls for answers on Mississippi ICE raids Consoler in Chief like Biden is the perfect antidote to a Divider in Chief like Trump Democratic senator on possibility of Trump standing up to the NRA: 'That's just such BS' 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 PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down Trump ahead of New Hampshire speech: Lewandowski would be 'fantastic' senator 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.