Schumer, Pelosi discuss gun bill with Trump

The top two congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump has assured them he will review a House-passed bill that expands federal background checks for gun sales. (File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) The top two congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump has assured them he will review a House-passed bill that expands federal background checks for gun sales.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer say they spoke separately to Mr. Trump on Thursday.

Mr. Trump called the leaders individually after Pelosi sent him a letter asking him to order the Senate back to Washington immediately to consider gun violence measures.

In a joint statement, Schumer and Pelosi say they told Mr. Trump the best way to address gun violence is for the Senate to take up and pass the House-passed bill.

They say Mr. Trump "gave us his assurances that he would review the bipartisan House-passed legislation and understood our interest in moving as quickly as possible to help save lives."