Trump Urges Congress to Take Action on Guns

Trump tells senators'You're afraid of the NRA

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And he promised lawmakers they'd be "popular" if they were "very powerful" on an expansion of background checks. But tonight, many in his own party are now livid.

"You can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18", he told a bipartisan group of legislators during a televised meeting, noting that the federal age of purchase for handguns is 21.

NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said that while the White House meeting "made for great TV, the gun-control proposals discussed would make for bad policy that would not keep our children safe". "I don't care who's endorsing you or not endorsing you".

Astonishingly, Trump became the biggest advocate of gun-brabbing, telling lawmakers, "I like taking the guns early", when people are mentally ill.

To Cornyn's point, it's not clear that there are enough votes for Schumer's proposal to pass, particularly with Republicans in control of the chamber and 10 Democratic senators facing re-election this year in states President Donald Trump won. Some corporations have begun to respond by refusing to run NRA advertising. "I don't think the correct age is handed down by Moses". "I'm not into popularity, I'm into getting something done that's good". Mr. President, it's going to have to be you that brings to the Republicans to the table on th this. I like that responsibility, Chris. "I would rather protect law abiding citizens' rights and ensure unsafe people and criminals don't get the guns".

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"He was right in front of me and I turned away".

"Take the guns first, go through due process second", Trump said at a gun control meeting Wednesday. "Go through due process second", the President added.

Trump asked Toomey if the bill would raise the minimum age for young people to buy an assault weapon. "I don't need it", he said.

"I'm for doing what's achievable", Cornyn told reporters at Capitol Hill Monday. He wants bold action. "No one bill will save every life".

Trump is expected Thursday to reiterate his support for a bill that bolsters the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, as well as the STOP School Violence Act, which gives grants for preventing school violence.

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'Maybe you could all get together?'

. "If you add concealed-carry, you'll never get it passed", he said. I think they're there. "Because you're afraid of the" National Rifle Association". They want to do what's right. They were listening to what was going on. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. "It is a very complex solution. One hour of television won't get assault weapons off our streets".

Top White House officials have struggled to explain Trump's views on raising the age limit to buy semi-automatic weapons. "The White House has to send a proposal to Congress". Ben Sasse (R-NE). "This is not due process in a free society", said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

"Strong leaders don't automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them". "We're not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesnt like them", said Sen. To say this will be a tough sell with Republicans, David, is an understood statement.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. You'll be watching, Jon.

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