White House fails to explain Trump's 'calm before the storm' comment

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House welcomes a "conversation" that both parties plan to have about banning bump stocks, indicating President Trump is open to the idea and wants to be part of the talks.

The press secretary said the Trump administration would like to have input from law enforcement, victims' families and policymakers.

On Thursday evening, reporters were led hastily to the State Dining Room, where they walked into a scene of the president, his highest-ranking military advisers and their wives posing for a group photo.

"When people sort of catch their breath, when they hold their breath in this town when he says something...uh, you have a smile on your face", Acosta said.

Trump asked the reporters. "We're going to continue doing that as a team with the president leading that effort", she said.

During a signing ceremony in the Oval Office earlier in the day, the President was again coy by what he meant. "And we're not going to announce what actions we'll be taking until that moment comes".

Sanders concluded with a word of advice: "Instead, she chose to wait until the president left, and then criticized him on TV".

The reporter followed up, asking Sanders "if Trump sees a distinction between erroneous reports or reporting that he finds offensive and the sort of fake news that we saw pushed by Russian intelligence - does he see a distinction there?"

"I think that you have a lot of responsibility and a lot of times false narratives create a bad environment-certainly aren't helpful to the American people-and you have a responsibility to provide and report fair and accurate details".

Multiple outlets have reported that the White House next week will effectively scrap the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015, kick-starting a new standoff between Iran and the U.S. We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening.

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