Ivanka Trump quietly talking to lawmakers about gun reform
Ivanka Trump has been quietly reading up on gun reform proposals and meeting with their congressional advocates following the deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, according to a new report.
The first daughter and White House senior adviser reached out to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) about a bipartisan bill he introduced with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that would expand background checks to nearly all firearms, Axios reported.
The bill was introduced in 2013 following the Sandy Hook massacre that left 26 dead, including 20 children.
A Manchin aide told Axios that Ivanka said she “was trying to get a sense of what [gun reform] bills are out there.”
“She had him explain how they drafted the bill, where it stands and what changes need to be made in order for it to pass.”
Neither the president nor his eldest daughter has staked out an official position on the proposals, but Manchin and Toomey have said President Trump offered support.
The younger Trump’s interest in potential legislation comes one week after her father privately told Manchin that he wanted a bill drafted before September, when the Senate is scheduled to return from its recess, according to the Washington Post.
A spokesman for Manchin confirmed to The Post that Ivanka Trump did reach out to the senator.
A White House spokesperson told The Post, “She has trusted relationships on both sides of the aisle and she is working in concert with the White House policy and legislative teams.”
Additional reporting by Nikki Schwab
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