President Donald Trump at the National Rifle Association convention Friday in Indianapolis. (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar, IndyStar-USA TODAY NETWORK)
WASHINGTON – Three days after addressing the National Rifle Association convention, President Donald Trump told the NRA on Monday to straighten out in the wake of a leadership crisis and a high-profile investigation into its finances.
“It must get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS – FAST!” Trump said in a morning tweet.
Turmoil marked the NRA convention in Indianapolis, as president Oliver North announced he would not seek a second term and expressed concern about how the organization spends its money.
Long-time NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre accused North of trying to force him out of the organization.
The NRA is under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G., who are illegally using the State’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization, & others. It must get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS – FAST!
In addition, the New York Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that it would be opening an investigation into the group’s tax-exempt status.
In his NRA speech on Friday, Trump underscored his support for gun rights. Gun owners are a key part of Trump’s constituency.
The president waited until Monday to address the group’s problems. He alscriticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state attorney general’s office.
“The NRA is under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G., who are illegally using the State’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization, & others,” Trump said.
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