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Nelson: 'Counterproductive' to Shun Me From School Safety Meeting

Nelson: 'Counterproductive' to Shun Me From School Safety Meeting
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By    |   Friday, 02 March 2018 03:57 PM

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson complained Friday that it was "counterproductive" for President Donald Trump to exclude him from his White House meeting on school safety earlier this week.

"You know just in the past two years, all the massacres that we've had in Florida, going back to the Pulse nightclub, and in the Fort Lauderdale Airport and now this [Parkland] school, if you want to really get it solved, you've got to bring people together," the Tallahassee lawmaker told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Sixty votes will be needed to get gun legislation passed in the Senate, he added, meaning there will have to be some bipartisan agreement, so it was "counterproductive that they would want to exclude me."

There has been overwhelming support for universal background checks and raising the minimum age for purchasing guns, but Nelson said it will depend on the National Rifle Association whether legislation will pass.

"If they go and threaten a lot of our Republican brothers and sisters that they're going to take them on in the next election, it makes it very difficult, even on something as common sense as comprehensive uniform background checks," said Nelson.

Nelson also said he's concerned that Trump is reversing the tough words he used on guns while meeting with the lawmakers, following a meeting one day later with NRA officials, who reported the president is against gun control.

"Remember back on the attempts to pass the immigration legislation on DACA, the kids that are Dreamers," said Nelson. "The president said he was all for taking care of the DACA kids. A day or is a later, completely reversed. We're seeing if same thing now with the meeting with his delegation. Now he meets with NRA and completely reverses."

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Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson complained Friday that it was "counterproductive" for President Donald Trump to exclude him from his White House meeting on school safety earlier this week.
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