'What He Is Pushing Forward Are Things That Can Be Immediately Accomplished'
Sarah Huckabee Sanders several times Monday afternoon was forced to defend President Donald Trump's flip-flopping on gun control measures, ultimately declaring that advocating for only those proposals that he thinks easily can pass through Congress is "bold leadership."
Asked if President Trump's gun control proposal includes any measures opposed by the NRA, Huckabee Sanders would not answer yes or no, then pivoted to raising the minimum age to 21 to buy firearms - which she suggested may have to be done "on a state-by-state basis."
"What he is pushing forward are things that can be immediately accomplished," Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon.
Asked whether any of Pres. Trump's school safety proposals were opposed by the NRA, @PressSec tells @jonkarl, "What he is pushing forward are things that can be immediately accomplished." https://t.co/c6lQifxhLj pic.twitter.com/fhrfbQ4IEOâ€” ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2018
"The president's primary focus is on pushing through things that we know have broad bipartisan support or things that we can do from an administrative perspective."
.@PressSec tells @jonkarl that many of the gun safety proposals previously mentioned by Pres. Trump, including raising age of purchasing assault weapons and universal background checks, "are still outlined" in current proposal. https://t.co/9oN3kXtR9t pic.twitter.com/JrNLBKOV0oâ€” ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 12, 2018
Asked again why Trump has backed away after promising to raise the age limit on firearms to 21, Huckabee Sanders again suggested that there's little support for it - despite polls showing 8 in 10 Americans support raising the age minimum to 21. And she called picking only those issues that can easily pass in Congress first "bold leadership."
REPORTER: Trump told Parkland survivors he would "go strong" on age limits. His proposal doesn't demand action from Congress on those age limits. Why is the he backing away from the promise to those 6 students?â€” Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 12, 2018
SANDERS: "We're pushing forward on the things that have support." pic.twitter.com/HZy6Pnjgrp
When a reporter directly questioned Trump's false claim Monday that there's little support for raising the age limit, Huckabee Sanders said the president was referring to Congress. She did not at any time suggest he would lead by personally advocating for his agenda.
REPORTER: "Trump tweeted, 'not much political support to put it mildly for raising the age.' I've looked at every single poll and the support for raising age is 78% to 82%. What is he talking about?"â€” Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 12, 2018
SANDERS: "He's talking about Congress who has the ability to make laws." pic.twitter.com/A9AmefGqu8