Trump speaks with GOP leaders amid shutdown talks

Trump speaks with GOP leaders amid shutdown talks
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil GOP: The economy will shield us from blue wave Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Calif.) and the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John CornynJohn CornynKavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday Kavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser 'deserves to be heard' in 'appropriate' manner 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 RyanPelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor Juan Williams: America warms up to socialism Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMurkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify McConnell rips Democrats for handling of Kavanaugh nomination Kavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow 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 SchumerDemocrats should end their hypocrisy when it comes to Kavanaugh and the judiciary Celebrities back both Cuomo and Nixon as New Yorkers head to primary vote Dems launch million digital ad buy in top Senate races 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.”