Trump talks immigration with Joe Manchin, Doug Jones

Trump talks immigration with Joe Manchin, Doug Jones
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West Virginia Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick MORE and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones spoke with the president at the White House as the Senate was voting to approve a stopgap spending bill to end the three-day government shutdown. 
 
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the meeting but declined to provide details about the discussion. 
 
Trump is seeking to jump-start talks on immigration, a divisive issue that helped lead to the shutdown. 
 
Democrats in the Senate helped sink a short-term spending deal on Friday because it did not include protections for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally, an attempt to force movement on the issue. 
 
Manchin and Jones were two of the five Democrats who broke with their leaders last week and voted for the spending bill. 
 
The impasse ended Monday, when Democrats and Republicans agreed on a three-week funding bill. 
 
 
It's still expected to be an uphill climb to reach a deal for young immigrants who benefit from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which winds down March 5
 
Democrats, and some Republicans, have complained Trump is an unreliable negotiating partner on the issue of immigration. 
 
The president, perhaps emboldened by the spending victory, has signaled he may take a hard line approach in negotiations. 
 
Trump met with several Republican senators earlier Monday to talk immigration, including Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech MORE (Iowa), John CornynJohn CornynPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week How the border deal came together MORE (Texas), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees GOP senator calls Omar's apology 'entirely appropriate' New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks MORE (Okla.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration GOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day MORE (N.C.), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown 'Morning Joe' host quizzes Howard Schultz on price of a box of Cheerios Huawei charges escalate Trump fight with China MORE (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) 
 
Cotton and Perdue authored a proposal that would dramatically slash legal immigration rates. The measure is backed by the president, but Democrats have have already dismissed it as a nonstarter. 
 
Trump said Monday he would make an immigration deal with Democrats “only if it is good for our country,” adding that his priority is “solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration.” 
 
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say whether Trump would accept a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, which Democrats say is a must-have.