President Donald Trump says the National Rifle Association is “under siege” in New York after state Attorney General Letitia James announced an investigation into the organization.
The Republican president tweeted Monday that James and her fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are “illegally” trying to “destroy” the NRA.
“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,” tweeted Trump, who on Friday spoke at the NRA’s annual convention in Indiana.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2019
James’ office announced the probe Saturday. Last year she vowed to investigate whether the organization, which has a New York office, deserves its tax-exempt nonprofit status.
In a statement responding to Trump, James said that her investigation will follow the facts, and that she wishes Trump shared her respect for the law.
Meanwhile, Cuomo tweeted that New York isn’t afraid to stand up to the NRA.
“The scourge of gun violence is a national crisis plaguing our country and killing our children. It demands action. And action, Mr. President, requires true leadership,” Cuomo said.
“The only thing illegal is the gun lobby’s insurance scheme,” he continued. “Unlike you, President Trump, New York is not afraid to stand up to the NRA. I will continue to fight for the children of this state. As for the NRA, we’ll remember them in our thoughts and prayers.”
Trump in Monday’s tweet also called on the NRA to “get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS — FAST!”
Trump’s comments come after NRA President Oliver North announced Saturday that he would not seek reelection as the group’s president following a power struggle with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, who had accused North of seeking to extort him.
“Please know I hoped to be with you today as NRA president endorsed for reelection. I’m now informed that that will not happen,” North said in a letter that was read at the NRA’s national convention.