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The Daily BeastAug 20, 2019
Trump Tells NRA's Wayne LaPierre Universal Background Checks Off The Table: Report
Alex Wong/GettyPresident Trump reportedly called embattled NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday to tell him universal background checks were off the table as a legislative response to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

The call, reported by The Atlantic, is the latest, and most direct, case of Trump backing away from a proposal that he seemed to embrace in the aftermath of those two recent mass shootings. And it left officials on the Hill scrambling for answers. One office that has consulted with the White House on background checks legislation said that they had not been informed that the president was shelving the idea, despite the report. 

"Senator Manchin and his team are taking their lead from the president and have not been told to stand down on background checks," said Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), the chief Democratic sponsor on the major bipartisan background checks legislation. 

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