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The NRA’s Top Lobbyist Says He’s Got Trump Back In His Pocket As President Retreats From Gun Control

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The NRA’s Top Lobbyist Says He’s Got Trump Back In His Pocket As President Retreats From Gun Control

It took the National Rifle Association a little over a day to persuade President Donald Trump to back away from his apparent embrace of gun control during a remarkable, televised meeting on Wednesday with members of Congress.

The NRA’s top lobbyist, Chris Cox, tweeted late Thursday that Trump is back on their side, saying the president had retreated from his surprising support a day earlier for gun control measures after a meeting with NRA officials and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office.

“I had a great meeting tonight with @realDonaldTrump & @VP,” Cox wrote. “We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control. #NRA #MAGA”

Trump tweeted about an hour later, “Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, declined to provide details about the previously unannounced meeting. The NRA did not respond to requests for further comment.

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