Trump speaks with GOP leaders amid shutdown talks

Trump speaks with GOP leaders amid shutdown talks
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 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 McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Floyd eulogies begin; Trump-Esper conflict emerges The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Top GOP lawmakers invite Blue Dogs to meet with China Task Force MORE (R-Calif.) and the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John CornynJohn CornynGOP chairmen stake out turf in Obama-era probes Cornyn presses DOJ to release results of investigation into Larry Nassar probe Minority caucuses call for quick action on police reform MORE (Texas), according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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Chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE spoke to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump vows to campaign against Murkowski after senator's criticism Senate advances conservation fund bill, House introduces companion Paul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill 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 SchumerGOP lawmaker calls on Senate to confirm Michael Pack as head of US media agency McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump over treatment of protesters House Democrat demands answers from Secret Service about role breaking up White House protests 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.”