EU slams Donald Trump's withdrawal from UN arms trade treaty

April FrancisApr 29, 2019

"Delivered by a member of our Board on behalf of his employer, the exhortation was simple: resign or there will be destructive allegations made against me and the NRA", LaPierre wrote in the letter, which was published Friday by the Wall Street Journal.

US President Donald Trump has said he will withdraw his country from the worldwide Arms Trade Treaty.

"Wayne has the confidence of a strong majority of the board", said Todd Rathner, a board member from Arizona who began his tenure shortly after one of the last upheavals within the organization in the 1990s. The NRA's full 76-member board was set to meet on Monday. "And it comes as internal turmoil and sniping rocks the gun-rights group". Of particular concern to some board members and rank-and-file is the fiery tone of NRATV, the media arm of the NRA created and operated by Ackerman McQueen.

The review led the NRA to sue its longtime public relations firm, Oklahoma-based Ackerman McQueen, which some NRA officials complained was refusing to turn over financial records.

As Rolling Stone has reported, the NRA has been in financial trouble for a while.

President Donald Trump is starting his address having a recitation of grievances about the evaluation of specific counsel Robert Mueller. Another 29, including the United States, have signed it, but not yet formally joined.

When members assembled in the convention center's second-floor ballroom to hear from their leaders on Saturday morning, tensions were visible.

NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre.

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North left the annual meetings, which are being held in Indianapolis this weekend, early on a plane to Washington D.C. Friday night. LaPierre then walked up to the lectern and hewed to familiar talking points, ignoring North's resignation.

United Nations officials told Reuters news agency that the organisation was previously unaware that Mr Trump was planning to take the U.S. out of the pact. "We're taking our signature back". "I will use the constitutional power as an attorney general to regulate charities, that includes the NRA, to investigate their legitimacy", the Democrat said at a July 2018 rally.

Board member Julie Golob said she will "have to sit through and sift all of it" before making a judgment.

"Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone", Trump said, before signing a document on stage directing the Senate to halt the ratification process.

"I've seen some s-, but I haven't seen nothing like this s-", he said.

At a meeting of the National Rifle Association in Indianapolis on Friday, he dramatically pulled out a letter for ending United States participation in the treaty and signed it on stage to a standing ovation by the audience of weapons control opponents.

"Today, I'm proud to announce another historic step to protect your Second Amendment rights", the president told those gathered to discuss the future of the right to keep and bear arms.

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