Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill, calls for more mental institutions

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey U.S. August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday he supports meaningful background checks for gun buyers, but he told reporters that those responsible for recent mass shootings were mentally ill and the United States should build more mental institutions.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by David Alexander and Alistair Bell

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