President Barack Obama gave his final press conference Monday before being inaugurated for a second term next week. During the previously unscheduled remarks the president used harsh rhetoric to portray House Republicans as a stubborn block in the road to his desires on the debt ceiling, and hinted that he would be willing to use executive order on gun control.
“I will not have that conversation with a gun at the head of the American people,” the president said, referring to his commitment to avoid another debt ceiling fight, during the press conference. “We have to break the habit of negotiating through crisis over and over again.”
“[Republican leaders] will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy,” he added. “The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.”
The president also said Monday that he is reviewing the recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden and his task force on reducing gun violence for an all-of-the-above approach to gun policy. When asked by a reporter if he is willing to use executive order, the president declined to give specifics but said he was “confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation.”
Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan joined ‘Wilkow!’ Monday to discuss whether our Second Amendment rights are protected from executive order, and how the GOP will respond to the president’s comments on the debt ceiling: