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Schumer calls on Trump to work on gun control legislation in spite of impeachment inquiry

2019-09-30

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday challenged President Trump to “prove he still can govern" by working with Congress on enacting universal background checks even while undergoing an impeachment inquiry.

“The best way President Trump can prove that he still can govern is universal background checks,” Schumer said. “That’s where governing begins.”

The senator’s press conference came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced an impeachment inquiry over Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to get dirt on leading Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump on Friday met with the National Rifle Association’s CEO Wayne LaPierre, who reportedly told him to “stop the games” over gun control legislation.

“The worry is that the president with this impeachment inquiry will think that he ought to embrace Wayne LaPierre even further. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Schumer said.

The Democratic-controlled House in February passed legislation closing loopholes that allow people to buy arms through gun shows, websites and other unlicensed dealers without undergoing background checks.

The last time Trump sat down with Schumer and Pelosi to talk policy, the president stormed out of the room and said he wouldn’t work with them unless they stopped inquiries into a host of his potential crimes.

“That’s not how a president ought to act,” Schumer said of the May 22 meeting on infrastructure. “He ought to act like a grown-up.”