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10 March 2018

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders would not elaborate on what the president hoped to accomplish with Thursday's meeting with video game leaders, except to say that it is meant to be part of ongoing discussions the president is having as he explores specific policy solutions. The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitize our community to violence.

On the other side of the fence were a retired US Army lieutenant colonel who called games "murder simulators" in his book, plus a couple of people connected to the Parents Television Council which supported a law to criminalize the sale of violent video games to children.

Here's the video. Bonus points if you can name every game. "Why is that? Because the president himself came out and said he doesn't want a Liberal in the Senate", Conway said in one of the interviews.

"If it was then, I don't think we would be able to accomplish everything that we've done", Sanders said.

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President Trump kicked off the firestorm with a Tweet that read, "The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House".

While decades of research have failed to find a link between gun violence and graphic depictions of violence in movies and video games, President Donald Trump has bemoaned the prevalence of violent images readily available to kids such as his 11-year-old son.

She described the meeting as a listening session, saying there were no decisions about next steps. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, Rep Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, and Rep Martha Roby, R-Alabama, will also be at the meeting.

"The last time there was a meeting about video games during the Obama administration, I'm not aware that groups like ours had a seat at the table", she said.

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The official, who was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said an announcement on the findings of the report - and possible retaliatory actions - was expected within the next three weeks. Republican Gov. Rick Scott has not said if he will sign the bill.

Meanwhile, the European Union said it hoped, like Canada and Mexico, to be exempted from USA tariffs, or that it could iron out difference with the U.S.at the World Trade Organization. No votes have been scheduled yet in the Senate on a pending background checks bill, but the House has said it will consider school safety legislation next week.

The Washington Post first reported details of the meeting participants. Currently, the industry employs its own system, which rates games for violence and sexual content.

The main contingent of industry representatives were members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The attendees did not, however, include any scientists, which is a odd choice for a meeting created to discuss "violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children".

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The EU insists that it is committed to open, global trade, and that Trump's tariffs are a protective measure to prop up US industry that could undermine the worldwide trading system.

Trump's tariffs could hit USA state, city budgets: S&P