President Trump says he wants to improve background checks, but budget calls for cuts

Trump will host a listening session with high schoolers impacted by shootings.

Under the proposed FY 2019 budget, which the administration rolled out just two days before the deadly Parkland, Fla. shooting that left 17 people dead, proposed federal spending for the grants that help states improve the completeness of the records they report to the federal database would be reduced from $73 million to $61 million — a $12 million decrease.

An administration official insists that the president's budget fully funds the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and said the decrease in proposed funding is designed to match the level of spending requested by states that qualify for the grants.

“The president wants to take leadership and actually fix this problem and create best practices across the country,” Shah said on FOX News late last week.

On Wednesday, the president is set to host a “listening session” with high school students and community members impacted by the school shootings Parkland, Sandy Hook and Columbine communities.

On Thursday, he will meet with state and local officials on the issue.