Trump backtracks on tax cuts, gun control

President Donald Trump has bowed to the NRA on background checks for gun control, one of a series of reversals that's left aides scrambling and Democrats fuming.
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The president has bowed to the NRA on background checks for gun control. It had aides scrambling. Democrats fuming and antagonized a nato ally and Cecilia Vega tracking it all. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Good morning to you. You're right. A lot of mixed messaging. On gun control this is not the first time the president caved to the NRA. You'll remember it happened in the wake of the parkland shooting. This time after El Paso the president said he made it clear background checks were on the table. That is not the case this morning. This morning, yet another reversal on background checks from president trump. We have very, very strong background checks right now. We're looking at different things and I have to tell you that it is a mental problem. Reporter: Sources tell ABC news that behind the scenes the president also made it clear to NRA chief Wayne Lapierre that he does not support universal background checks. Flashback to four days after the El Paso shooting, president trump sending a very different message. There's a great appetite and I mean a very strong appetite for background checks and I think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before. Reporter: And now facing growing fears of an Mick slowdown this morning more mixed messaging from the white house. In the oval office the president said his administration is considering a tax cut to help American workers. Payroll tax is something we think about and a lot would like to see that and that very much affects the workers of our country and we have a lot of workers. Reporter: But just hours earlier, his aides said the opposite. Is a payroll tax cut being considered? It's not being considered at this time. Reporter: The president has promised middle class tax cuts in the past ahead of the midterms only to abandon the idea after election day. And yet after promoting tax cuts this time around, he also said they wouldn't be happening any time soon. Well, I'm not talking about doing anything at this moment. Reporter: This morning, another controversy after the president spoke about the muslim-american congresswomen blocked from entering Israel. Where is the democratic party going? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any jewish people that vote for a Democrat I think it shows a total lack of knowledge or disloyalty. Reporter: It drew fierce backlash. Charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews and, quote, it's long overdue to stop using Jews as a political football. Those prominent jewish organizations and many democratic lawmakers were quick to respond. So far silence from Republican lawmakers this morning. Yes, silence. The president has been playing around with this idea of buying Greenland. Now it's gotten more serious and canceled a state visit to Denmark because they won't talk about selling it. Reporter: This one is getting ugly. Supposed to be in Denmark next month for a big visit. Overnight, though, via Twitter the president canceled the trip. He said that the Danish prime minister, you'll remember, had publicly called the president's idea to buy Greenland absurd. President trump there in that tweet thanked her for being so direct and for now this visit to a very important U.S. Ally is off the table. Side by side fighting with them in Afghanistan.

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