Dan Crenshaw pulls out of NRA convention, cites trip to Ukraine

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, withdrew from attending the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention this weekend because of his trip to Ukraine, according to his office.

The Texas congressman’s office told the NRA on Tuesday morning that he would not attend the event, where he was scheduled to speak, because “he would not be back in time” from Ukraine, his office said. at Fox News Digital.

His office argued that Crenshaw’s decision not to attend the convention was unrelated to the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and that it was because he will be in Ukraine to the rest of the week on a trip that “went well”. rapidly.”

Salvador Ramos, 18 years old, killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, making it the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012.

Crenshaw and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., became the first U.S. lawmakers to visit the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv on Tuesday. since reopening last week after closing its doors shortly before the invasion of Russia.

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Rep. Dan Crenshaw speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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The two members of Congress are due to meet with the mayors of various cities affected during the war, as well as the Ukrainian ministers of defence, interior and foreign affairs.

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The NRA’s annual meeting, which returned this year after a hiatus during the pandemic, will be held in Houston Friday through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The NRA predicts that tens of thousands of people will attend.

Image of the ANR meeting

Image of the ANR meeting
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Crenshaw was originally going to speak at the Institute for Legislative Action’s Leaders Forum, where he reportedly joined leaders such as Govs. Greg Abbott and Kristi Noem, the senses. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, as well as North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson.

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Former President Trump will also speak at the convention, for which he drew criticism from gun control advocates.

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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