Donald Trump Meets with Joe Manchin About Gun Control

President Donald Trump, flanked by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., left, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a meeting with Senators on his Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Trump met with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) about universal background checks and other gun controls on Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the meeting occurred in the White House, where Trump and Manchin “touched on a range of possible gun-related policy issues including background checks.”

One White House source said, “The president expressed interest in getting a result, so conversations will continue to see if there’s a way to create a reasonable background check proposal, along with other ideas.”

On March 26, 2017, Manchin told New York Times Magazine that Trump’s presidency marked “a complete opportunity” because gun owners trust Trump not to take the controls to an extreme.

On March 27, 2017, Breitbart News reported Manchin’s belief that Trump’s election provided a new chance for gun control.

On September 3, 2019, Breitbart News reported Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) pledge to hold a vote for any gun control the president supports.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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