President Donald Trump told the NRA to straighten out in the wake of a leadership crisis and a high-profile investigation into its finances.
President Donald Trump attends 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.
Longtime NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre accused North of trying to force him out of the organization.
The New York Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that it would open an investigation into the group’s tax-exempt status.
During his NRA speech, Trump praised LaPierre and North as “extraordinary champions for the Second Amendment” and gun rights in general. He singled out North as a “great guy” but did not mention the infighting between him and LaPierre.
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Trump underscored his support for gun rights, an issue popular with many of his supporters.