White House refuses to release photo of Trump gun law repeal

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The White House has refused to release a photo of President Donald Trump signing a law making it easier for some people with mental illness to buy guns.

Despite repeated requests from CBS News, the White House press office has issued only a one-line response.

Mr Trump last year repealed an Obama-era rule allowing the names of certain people on mental health benefits to be entered into a criminal database.

The controversy follows a shooting by a suspect who had mental health issues.

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In a tweet, Mr Trump called the gunman “mentally disturbed” and vowed to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” during a speech to the nation.

But the Republican president’s critics noted his own annual budget proposed this week would cuts hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for mental health programmes.

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