Past Flip-Flops Cloud Trump’s Position on Background Checks
President Trump spoke to reporters about the need for “intelligent background checks” before leaving the White House for a political fund-raiser and a vacation.
Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
- 9, 2019
WASHINGTON — In 2013, Donald J. Trump said he supported background checks for gun purchases to “weed out the sickos.” Two years later, as he prepared to run for president, he flip-flopped, telling Ammoland magazine that he opposed expanded checks because they don’t work.
It is a recurring pattern.
As president, Mr. Trump changed his mind again in 2018 after the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., insisting that stronger checks would be “fully backed” by the White House. But that position only lasted a few days, until a late-night meeting with the National Rifle Association in the Oval Office, after which he backed off his support and later threatened to veto a background check bill.
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