Trump insists he and Republicans want stronger gun background checks

Kathryn Gamble

Kathryn Gamble

While it's highly unlikely that Trump will retreat from efforts to fund his long-promised border wall, the move by Schumer (D-N.Y.) is created to keep a focus on the Republican response to the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

Hoyer resorted to reading lyrics from "Blowin' in the Wind", Bob Dylan's 1962 song.

Democrats focused on McConnell's failure to let the Senate consider a measure the House approved in February.

Schumer's plan to ask Trump for the shift in funding priorities was first reported by Politico and confirmed Tuesday morning by someone familiar with Schumer's thinking, who requested anonymity to share internal deliberations.

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he and Sen. He added, "He wants to do background checks and I do too". Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a strong gun control advocate. "What I want to see here is an outcome".

Trump provided no specifics and it was unclear how tough a background check measure Republicans might consider. McConnell has said that once Congress is back in session, legislation to expand background checks of prospective gun buyers and so-called red flag laws to allow firearms to be confiscated from people believed to pose a threat would be "front and center".

Hoyer said the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee will consider gun control legislation, though he stopped short of saying they would hold votes.

In a bid to keep pressure on the White House to respond to mass shootings, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is preparing to ask that President Trump withdraw a request for $5 billion in border wall funding and redirect the money toward programs that aim to reduce gun violence and white supremacist extremism.

AP reporter Mary Clare Jalonick and congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed.

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