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While Demonstrators Call for Action on Gun Violence, Nobody’s Home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Trump has ‘no public events scheduled’ at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to the Marine One helicopter as he departs for Mar-A-Lago from the White House on Friday. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

One notable resident on Pennsylvania Avenue — the nexus in Washington, D.C., for perhaps some 500,000 demonstrators who want action on gun violence — was out of town Saturday.

President Donald Trump left Washington on Friday after a news conference that featured testy and sometimes disjointed remarks on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package, promising never to sign “another bill like this.”

As the “March for Our Lives” played out Saturday in the nation’s capital, the White House reported that the president “has no public events scheduled.”

Trump is expected to depart Mar-a-Lago on Sunday afternoon.

[March for Our Lives in Washington: What You Need to Know]

The White House on Saturday did address the gun control demonstrators in D.C. and across the country who have been galvanized following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

Watch: After Parkland, A Look at Previous Gun Control Efforts in Congress

“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” Lindsay Walters, the White House deputy press secretary, said in a statement. “Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law. Additionally, on Friday, the Department of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President’s commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”

 

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