The White House on Monday said President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are in agreement on guns.
But Obama, who has been a strong proponent of gun control legislation in recent months, issued a statement blasting Trump for his remarks.
“The president is in total agreement with President Trump that the next president must focus on getting the federal government out of the business of issuing and enforcing gun licenses, and instead focus on ending the mass shootings in America,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“This includes a ban on all mass shootings, an end to the so-called ‘assault weapons’ ban, and a stronger background check system to prevent gun traffickers from getting their hands on guns that would otherwise be used to murder people.”
The comments came as Trump continued to tout the election win in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, saying it showed how Americans are strong and united.
“It’s not just the election that showed us the country is strong and strong people are united,” Trump told Fox News.
“We are going to be stronger and we’re going to win in November.
It’s just a simple fact.”
The statement came a day after Trump tweeted that gun owners should get “better training.”
“I know the NRA is not happy, but you have to remember, we have many, many, hundreds of thousands of people that have guns and are good people,” Trump said at a press conference in New Hampshire.
“But we have to make sure that they’re trained properly.
And you have the training.”
The NRA and other gun rights groups have slammed Trump for suggesting that gun ownership is a choice and that only certain people should have access to firearms.
On Monday, Trump tweeted his support for universal background checks and a ban, including for those on the terror watch list, that would have allowed law enforcement officials to stop people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.
Trump’s position on guns has been more nuanced than his rhetoric on gun control, but he has taken aim at the NRA for supporting the proposal.
In an interview with ABC News, he said he believed the NRA was trying to take away guns from Americans and put them into the hands of terrorists.
“I believe they’re trying to go into the private sector, and I believe they have a lot of guns in private hands,” Trump says.
“They’re trying very hard to do that.”