Fox News host Shepard Smith called out Donald Trump on Monday for backpedaling on his vow to reform gun control.
After publicly stating earlier this month that the National Rifle Association had little power over him, Trump tweeted Monday that the White House would support NRA-approved gun control measures instead.
“The president told the kids at Parkland, ‘I’ll go strong on this, I’ll work on this age thing,’” Smith said. “He came up to the general public and said to the Congress, ‘Oh, the NRA has a lot of pressure on you, has a lot of effect on you, but not on me so much.’ And then he met with the NRA.”
After the Florida high school massacre last month, Trump explicitly called on live television for raising the age limit to purchase rifles and backed 2013 legislation for near-universal background checks. He later told lawmakers that while the N.R.A. has “great power over you people, they have less power over me.”
But on Monday, it was Trump who knuckled under, yet again dramatizing the sway that the N.R.A. still maintains in Republican circles. And showing how quickly Trump regularly goes back on his word.