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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group Overnight Energy: Top Interior lawyer accused of lying to Congress confirmed | Senate set to deny funding for BLM move | EPA threatens to cut California highway funds MORE (D-Hawaii) on Thursday expressed doubt that President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 McConnellTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Fox's Wallace says 'well-connected' Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours 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 EscobarLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Hispanic voters push campaigns to address gun violence 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 PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse 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.