Trump upends gun politics -- for now

“I’ve been with the president in meetings where he made similar promises,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois. “Stay tuned. My advice is hope for the best, don’t be surprised if he changes his mind in 48 hours.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) offered a similar warning: “I’m afraid what we’re going to see is an exact repeat of the pattern we saw before, where the president has a wonderful and constructive and open and bipartisan meeting on immigration, and 48 hours later, rejects a strong bipartisan deal,” he said…

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who at times was visibly agog during the meeting, said, “I wouldn’t confuse what he said with what can actually pass in terms of people’s views on the Second Amendment, for example.”

Trump is “a unique president,” Cornyn added. “If he was focused on a specific piece of legislation rather than a grab-bag of ideas, then I think he could have a lot of influence. But right now, we don’t have that.”