Waiting for Trump, Congress remains at loggerheads on gun legislation


White House aides briefed Republican senators on potential legislative options at their private weekly luncheon Tuesday – including possibly expanding the federal background check system for gun buyers and encouraging states to create systems to temporarily seize guns from individuals judged to be dangerous – but they gave no indication of what Trump himself is willing to sign into law, exasperating some of those present.

“There was no, even, hint as to where the president is going to come down,” said one senator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting with Eric Ueland, the top White House legislative affairs aide, and other administration officials. “It’s just a laundry list of things he’s looking at, nothing that surprising.”

Speaking to reporters afterward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,…



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