Trump vowed no universal background checks to NRA chief: Sources

After the massacres in El Paso and Dayton, the president promised that change was coming, but has been facing pressure from the gun lobby.
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Now to the anger from many Americans who have been demanding universal background checks. Renewed calls after El Paso and Dayton. The president said after those recent mass shootings that he, too, wanted meaningful background checks. So, what happened? Here's Mary Bruce. Reporter: Just after the massacres in Dayton and El Paso, president trump said this time would be different. 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: Americans have been calling for change, too. Do something! Do something! Reporter: In Iowa, Republican senator Joni Ernst shouted down. A lot of the incidents that we see do come back to mental illness. No! Reporter: But president trump has also been facing a different kind of pressure from the gun lobby. And now, two weeks after El Paso and Dayton, he's changing course. We have a lot of background checks right now. Gun owners can tell you that, others can tell you that. But there are certain weaknesses we want to fix. It's a slippery slope, and that's what actually your gun owners and a lot of other people are concerned with. Reporter: Sources tell ABC news the president promised the head of the NRA he will not support universal background checks. 100 people a day guy from guns. Do you so E that as a public health emergency? I do, I do, yeah. I do. And they die from a lot of other reasons, too. We're working on background checks. There are things we can do. But we already have very serious background checks. Reporter: After the parkland shooting last year, the president welcomed survivors to the white house and made similar promises. And I don't understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. Reporter: Mary Bruce with us live tonight. That new polling, the most recent polling showing 89% of Americans support strong background checks. And Mary, we know parkland survivors today were leasing their own plan, calling for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks. And we heard the president say today that we're working on background checks. Anymore from the white house on what exactly he's talking about? Reporter: Well, the president, David, says he still has an appetite for background checks, but it's unclear tonight what exactly he's willing to support. And without clear guidance from the president, it's unlikely that Republicans in congress are going to support any major changes. David? Mary Bruce, thank you. Overseas this evening, and two American service members

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