President Donald Trump vowed to fight for gun rights as he addressed the National Rifle Association on Friday and declared himself a "champion for the Second Amendment."
“It’s under assault,” he said of the constitutional right to bear arms. “But not while we’re here.”
He made news by announcing that his administration would pull out of a United Nations arms trade treaty negotiated by the Obama administration.
"We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom," Trump said. "I’m officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided treaty."
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Today, I'm proud to announce another historic step to protect your second amendment rights. And I didn't tell Chris and Wayne and Oliver, I didn't even tell them about it so they're listening in this big room someplace in there saying I wonder what he's going to do.
The good thing with me, you never know.
You never know. That's why we are making trade deals that are so good for our country. So in the last administration, President Obama signed the UN arms trade Treaty, and in his waning days in office, he sent the treaty to the Senate to begin the ratification process. This treaty threatened your subjugate -- and you know exactly what's going on here -- your rights. And your constitutional and international rules and restrictions and regulations. Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone.
We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your second amendment freedom. And that is why my administration will never ratify the UN arms trade Treaty. I hope you're happy.
I'm impressed. I didn't think too many of you would really know what it is. You notice? A big, big factor. But I see a couple of very happy faces from the NRA over there. And I am officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America's signature from this badly misguided treatment. We are taking our signature back.
The United Nations will soon receive a formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty.
As part of this decision, I will sign right now in front of a lot of witnesses, a lot--
--Got a lot of witnesses, a message to asking the Senate to discontinue the treaty ratification process and to return the now rejected the treaty right back to me in the Oval Office, where I will dispose of it.