Trump wants something in exchange for executive action on gun control.
Trump is thinking about using executive authority to reduce gun violence in America; however, he wants some major concessions in return.
Following the double mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, it appears that Trump realizes he needs to acknowledge the seriousness of gun violence in the U.S. He has reportedly asked his aides if it's possible to use executive authority to reduce the number of mass shootings, possibly by increasing background checks, the New York Times reported.
However, in typical Trump fashion, he previously criticized President Barack Obama for considering the same thing following the Sandy Hook shootings that killed 27 people, mostly young school children.
"This is how it starts," Trump said in a January 2013 tweet. "Obama is now threatening to use an Executive Order for gun control... Welcome to his 2nd term."
Of course, with the "master negotiator," there is always a catch. According to the New York Times, "Trump expressed a desire to get some form of political concession from his critics in exchange for doing so, according to the people briefed."
And this wouldn't be the first time he played ransom with innocent peoples' lives to try and get his wall.
Last year, Trump demanded $30 billion from lawmakers in exchange for a deal to protect and eventually offer citizenship to DREAMers, who were originally protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which Trump repealed the previous year.
It's clear Trump cares much more about getting what he wants rather than saving innocent lives.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.