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In bow to NRA, Trump pulls out of global arms trade pact

In bow to NRA, Trump pulls out of global arms trade pact

A contentious public infight within the National Rifle Association came to a head on Saturday with the organization's president, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, announcing that he will not return for a second term.

North, however, alleged in his letter that Brewer is the one not providing enough detail on billings, especially regarding legal struggles with the state of NY over an attempted program to provide weapons insurance for NRA members.

But on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that LaPierre told the NRA's board that he had refused a demand by North to step down and accused the NRA president of trying to extort him.

North's decision not to seek a new term as the NRA's president is reportedly related to the NY probe, as internal clashes within the organization began as a result of James' vow to investigate. The NRA is suing Ackerman McQueen for allegedly not being transparent in justifying its billings. Oliver North is employed by Ackerman McQueen, a vendor of the NRA.

After a phone call with North, Lapierre wrote, "others informed me that I needed to withdraw the NRA lawsuit against AM or be smeared".

North, who has served on the NRA board for more than two decades, said there was a "clear crisis" within the organization that "needs to be dealt with immediately and responsibly so the NRA can continue to focus on protecting the Second Amendment".

In the last several years, the company was closely aligned with President Donald Trump, that will be addressing this year's NRA annual meeting, the next consecutive year.




The advertising firm has been involved in a lawsuit with the NRA since April 12.

North is aligned with the public relations firm - and at odds with LaPierre and some board members who believe the group's media operation and messaging have strayed too far from the NRA's original mission of gun safety and the outdoors.

The full NRA board is slated to meet on Monday. At one point, one NRA member compared the resolution to an attempted hanging of LaPierre.

More commenters jumped in to criticize Thornberry's Labour colleagues for happily meeting with foreign leaders like Chinese President Xi Jinping and Syrian President Bashar Assad, yet drawing the line at Trump.

The subsequent debate over LaPierre himself was impassioned, with members who opposed him shouting from the back of the room, "We demand to be heard!"

Attorney General William Barr said he didn't feel the evidence was sufficient to establish that Trump had obstructed justice, but he noticed that Mueller's team did not exonerate the president. "I didn't think too many of you would really know what it is".

The president's recently launched effort is aimed at imposing new limits on Russia's nuclear arsenal and placing unprecedented limits on and verifying China's program, The Washington Post reported, citing anonymous officials.

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