[guest post by Dana]
President Trump met in the Oval Office on Friday with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, and discussed prospective gun legislation and whether the N.R.A. could provide support for the president as he faces impeachment and a more difficult re-election campaign, according to two people familiar with the meeting.
It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for his support, or if the idea was pitched by the N.R.A. During the meeting, Mr. LaPierre asked that the White House “stop the games” over gun control legislation, people familiar with the meeting said.
It was unclear what the N.R.A.’s financial support would look like, and whether it would pay for ads, as it did during Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Gosh, I think there’s a Latin term for “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”…!
As we all know, LaPierre has been pretty pro-active in in influencing the White House to prevent any further background measures from being enacted after the El Paso and Dayton shootings:
In a series of calls and meetings, he has tried to move Mr. Trump away from proposing any sort of background check measures that he said after the mass shootings he might support.
Note: Trump is apparently doubtful about the N.R.A.’s financial abilities to bolster his reelection campaign in 2020 at the same level they did in 2016, when the organization “poured over $30 million into his election, more than any other outside group.”
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)