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NYT: NRA Chief Told Trump to 'Stop the Games' on Gun Laws

NRA confirms meeting took place, denies Wayne LaPierre offered 'special arrangements' to Trump
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2019 9:00 AM CDT
NYT : NRA Chief Told Trump to 'Stop the Games' on Gun Laws
In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Md.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A scathing Senate report claiming the National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia wasn't the only headline the gun lobby group ended up in this week. The New York Times reports that NRA chief Wayne LaPierre met with President Trump on Friday at the White House, and sources say the conversation they had on gun legislation took an interesting turn—specifically, on "whether the NRA could provide support for the president as he faces impeachment and a more difficult re-election campaign," as the paper words it. "Stop the games," LaPierre allegedly said to the president, which was inferred to mean Trump should cool it on trying to get any gun safety laws passed.

Politico reports that the original wording in the Times article, since updated, noted that LaPierre said if Trump did "stop the games," LaPierre would offer "financial support for the president's defense" against impeachment proceedings in return. The paper says "it was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for his support, or what that support would look like." The NRA confirms LaPierre and Trump got together Friday, but it's taking issue with the supposed details of the conversation. "The NRA is not inclined to discuss private conversations with the president," a spokesman said in a statement. "However, many of the accounts of the meeting, as reported in the New York Times, are inaccurate. The NRA categorically denies any discussion occurred about special arrangements pertaining to the NRA's support of the President and vice versa." (More NRA stories.)

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