White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disclosed in a statement that the President had spoken with No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn on Friday about legislation Cornyn introduced last year. The senator has proposed expediting updates of the criminal databases used in instant background checks, as well as penalizing federal workers who fail to update these databases regularly.
Secretary Sanders said:
While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system.
Following the outcry from Americans in response to the most recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the president took to Twitter, directing blame at everyone from the FBI and its investigation of Russian election interference to Democrats to lack of mental health awareness to survivors of the shooting themselves. Yet Trump has made little mention of gun control—until today. While the White House did not endorse the legislation, their willingness to consider a revamp of the current background check system is a sudden reversal.
To be clear, Trump isn't exactly going out on a limb.