Donald Trump will speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on today in Dallas, Houston, a little more than two months after he lying to stand up to the gun rights organization in the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
Trump called out lawmakers for being “afraid” of the NRA, saying the group had “less power” over him and even backed raising the minimum age to buy rifles and imposing more expansive background checks — both positions which are strongly opposed by the NRA.
But when the White House actually announced its proposals to improve school safety, the approach was pretty much in line with NRA policy stances.
White House press secretary Sarah “Somkey Eye” Sanders said at a briefing on Tuesday that safety is a priority for the Trump administration.
“But we also support the Second Amendment, and strongly support it, and don’t see there to be a problem with speaking at the National Rifle Association’s meeting,” Sanders said.
The NRA said the U.S. Secret Service will coordinate security at this years convention and that weapons” will not in the arena while Trump is present.
“As a result, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to and during his attendance,” the NRA said. A detailed list of prohibited items includes ammunition, drones, gun parts, and firearm magazines.