Trump talks with Democratic leaders as pressure mounts for gun control legislation

Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump talked on the phone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Sunday morning as pressure mounted for Congress to act on gun control. 

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Schumer and Pelosi said they told Trump that any gun control package that did not include the background check legislation passed earlier this year by the House would "not get the job done." 

"This morning, we made it clear to the president that any proposal he endorses that does not include the House-passed universal background checks legislation will not get the job done, as dangerous loopholes will still exist and people who shouldn’t have guns will still have access," they wrote in a statement. 

They promised Trump a "historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden" if he endorsed the legislation and had Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell act on the legislation. 

McConnell has previously said he would only bring gun legislation to a vote if Trump would sign the bill into law, though it has been unclear exactly what proposals Trump supports. 

Trump has gone back and forth on his support for background checks and other gun control measures. 

“I have an appetite for background checks,” Trump said from the White House South Lawn as he departed for an event in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of August. “We’re going to be doing background checks. ... We’re going to be filling in some of the loopholes.”

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that "there are a number of pieces of legislation the president is considering" but did not give any details. 

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Later Sunday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere released a statement confirming that the call took place, though he said Trump made "no commitments on H.R. 8," the universal background check bill backed by Democrats.

"The conversation was cordial. The President made no commitments on H.R. 8, but instead indicated his interest in working to find a bipartisan legislative solution on appropriate responses to the issue of mass gun violence. The President reiterated his commitment for his administration to continue work on these issues."

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