Trump to press GOP senators on healthcare at White House

President Trump plans to host a group of Republican senators at the White House on Monday night as he seeks to persuade them to back the Senate's new healthcare bill. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting but declined to provide a list of senators expected to attend. 

Later in the evening, a White House official said the following GOP senators were attending: No. 2 Senate Republican John CornynJohn CornynGOP senator warns Trump: Panel won't take up attorney general nominee this year Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' MORE (Texas), Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderOvernight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan Senate delays vote on healthcare repeal MORE (Tenn.), Roy BluntRoy BluntGOP senator: Trump transgender ban ‘deserves more than a Twitter conversation’ Overnight Healthcare: Trump plays hardball on ObamaCare | Senators revive negotiations | CBO says repeal without replace would cost 32M insurance White House working with moderates on new Medicaid proposal MORE (Mo.), Steve Daines (Mont.), James Lankford (Okla.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and John ThuneJohn ThuneSenate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan Senate delays vote on healthcare repeal Senate might not act on must-pass aviation bill until September MORE (S.D.).

Senate leaders face a tough task in generating momentum for their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 
 
Two Republicans, Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Tech: Trump touts new Wisconsin electronics plant | Lawmakers to unveil email privacy bill | Facebook funds group fighting election hacks Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' MORE (Ky.) and Susan CollinsSusan CollinsDems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' MORE (Maine), already oppose the measure, meaning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill Bipartisan group of governors call on GOP to reject skinny repeal Dems get CBO scores on what they think skinny bill will look like MORE (R-Ky.) cannot afford to lose another vote and still get the measure passed.
 
According to The Hill's whip list, Daines and Lankford are undecided on the bill, while the other White House guests are leaning toward supporting the current draft. 
 
 
The Arizona Republican will be out of pocket this week as he recovers from surgery. He hopes to return next week, though that is not guaranteed. 
 
Nonetheless, Spicer voiced optimism that the Senate will pass the bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

"We have every confidence in the majority leader's ability to get this done," Spicer said.

Updated 6:50 p.m.