Trump holds working lunch, digs in on border fight amid shutdown

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE said Saturday that he will have lunch at the White House with a "large group" to discuss border security as Congress attempts to negotiate a funding bill to end a partial government shutdown. 

The White House later released a list of the lunch's attendees, which included Vice President Pence, White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump administration asks Supreme Court to take up challenge to consumer bureau NOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same MORE, the president's son-in-law and adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan MORE, and fellow aide Shahira Knight. Trump also hosted Republican Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill Antitrust enforcers in turf war over Big Tech Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan MORE (Utah), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Overnight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort GOP's Kennedy sends warning shot to Trump nominee Menashi MORE (S.C.) and Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyLawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills Senate Democrats block government spending bill Senate Democrats demand wall-free spending allocation MORE (Ala.), as well as GOP Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan GOP struggles with retirement wave Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing MORE (N.C.), Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan Trump slams Democrats as 'shameful' after Lewandowski hearing Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader House Republicans want details on Democrats' trips to Mexico MORE (Ohio), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing State probes of Google, Facebook to test century-old antitrust laws Five takeaways on Trump's ouster of John Bolton MORE (Fla.) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.), according to the White House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet MORE (R-Ky.) on Saturday suggested it would be up to Senate Democrats and Trump to reach an understanding to reopen the government. 


Parts of the government shut down at the end of the day on Friday after the House and Senate were unable to come to an agreement on funding. The main source of disagreement was Trump's demand for $5 billion for his proposed wall along the southern border.

The Senate passed a stopgap measure earlier in the week that included $1.6 billion for border security.

The House then passed a measure that contained $5.7 billion for the wall, a bill that was stonewalled in the Senate.

The White House early in the week had signaled it would accept a funding bill to keep the government open that contained less than Trump's desired $5 billion in wall funding, but the president reversed course late in the week amid criticism from his staunchest conservative supporters.

Friday's shutdown, which affects about 25 percent of the federal government, is the third shutdown in the past year.

Trump pushed back on Saturday against criticism related to the shutdown and his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

He justified the latter decision by arguing that the U.S. has already been engaged in the Middle Eastern country's civil war longer than planned. He further declared the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is "largely defeated," and that other countries "should be able to easily take care of whatever remains."

The president's latest remarks were less forceful than his initial announcement, in which he declared the U.S. had "won" and that the terrorist group was "defeated."

Trump's abrupt announcement on Wednesday that he would begin bringing U.S. forces home from Syria was met with overwhelming criticism from lawmakers in both major parties, including some of his most loyal congressional allies.

The move has also led to a pair of high-profile resignations. Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico Trump needs a national security adviser who 'speaks softly' US could deploy 150 troops to Syria: report MORE reportedly delivered his resignation to Trump after he was unable to change the president's mind on his Syria strategy.

Moments before Trump's Saturday morning tweets, CBS News reported that Brett McGurk, the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, plans to resign sooner than previously planned in light of the president's decision.

— Updated 1:28 p.m.