President Trump reassured Sen. Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, Thursday that he is still considering laws that could provide background checks for buyers of weapons. However, the White House staff said they had survey data showing that arms control is politically problematic for the president.
Within the White House, the question of new arms control measures was largely theoretical. Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, has warned that it will be the president who must pressure his party to act. To aid Mr. Trump's decision-making, White House advisers commissioned a poll to find out where his followers were on different things.
Days after successive shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, in early August, Mr. Trump said he wanted to pursue what he wanted. He described this as "very meaningful background checks." However, this determination seemed to have paid more attention to mental health problems and their treatment shortages since the 2016 campaign, following concerns from the National Rifle Association and some of its closest advisors and family members, including its eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
Two weeks ago, Mr. Trump warned National Regulatory Boss, Wayne LaPierre, that he did not want to introduce major background checks but wanted to consider other options. Legislation seemed to be stalling.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Manchin met at the White House on Thursday for about 30 minutes after President Jerry West, a former N.B.A, presented the Medal of Freedom. Star. CNN first reported that the meeting had taken place.
Mr. Trump's aides were present at the meeting, and the president told Mr. Manchin that a background verification law that the Senator had requested with a Republican counterpart, Republican of Pennsylvania, Patrick J. Toomey, was still on the table. People were informing the discussion.
Survey data, according to White House advisers, showed, however, that the issue does not help the president with his core base of supporters, according to the people briefed at the meeting.
During the meeting, various options for weapons action were discussed. However, the people familiar with the meeting said the presidential's most likely course of action was a selection of smaller items, such as a slimmer version of a background report and the "red flag" laws that allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from those who from being found a judge who represents a danger to himself or to others.
A White House spokesman did not respond immediately to a request for comment.