Trump speaks with GOP leaders amid shutdown talks

Trump speaks with GOP leaders amid shutdown talks
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE worked the phones on Sunday in hopes of finding a deal to end the government shutdown before it enters a third day.

Trump personally spoke with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show Eric Holder: Calls to abolish ICE are 'a gift to Republicans' MORE (R-Calif.) and the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John CornynJohn CornynRussians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit Top GOP senator: Trump should be 'clear-eyed' going into meeting with Putin Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee MORE (Texas), according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.


Chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE spoke to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Ky.) and updated the president on the talks. Legislative director Marc Short also held talks with members on both sides of the aisle.

“We are continuing to work hard towards reopening the government and making sure our great military and their families, vulnerable children and the American people are being taken care of,” Sanders said in a statement.

The flurry of calls came on Day Two of the shutdown, as Republican and Democratic lawmakers tried to work toward an agreement while also blaming the other side for the closure.

A bipartisan group of senators signaled they were making progress toward a spending deal ahead of an expected procedural vote at 1 a.m. Monday.

Trump has not made a public appearance since the shutdown began, and the White House said he would not speak on camera Sunday.

The president has taken repeated swipes at Democrats on Twitter, writing early Sunday morning that they "just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked.”

Trump also suggested scrapping the 60-vote threshold for legislation in the Senate if the "stalemate continues,” but that idea was dismissed by Senate Republicans.

Democrats have laid blame at Trump’s feet, saying the president rejected a sweeping deal on spending and immigration hours before the Friday shutdown deadline.

"[He] can't take 'yes' for an answer. That's why we're here," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Trump's latest win: More Americans are saying, 'I quit!' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on the Senate floor.

He added that he made Trump a "very generous offer,” but the president walked away.

Sanders disputed that account.

“Sen. Schumer’s memory is hazy because his account of Friday’s meeting is false,” she said. “And the president’s position is clear: we will not negotiate on the status of unlawful immigrants while Sen. Schumer and the Democrats hold the government for millions of Americans and our troops hostage.”