Trump: GOP is ‘totally unified’ on border strategy

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE emerged from a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans downplaying signs of division within the party by saying they are “totally unified” in the border wall fight.

“I would say that we have a very, very unified party,” Trump told reporters at the U.S. Capitol after meeting with Senate Republicans for more than an hour.

Trump, standing next to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Democrats press for action on election security Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill MORE (R-Ky.), said the party was totally “unified” and had “no discussion about anything other than solidarity.”


The closed-door meeting comes on day 19 of the partial shutdown, with no signs of an agreement to reopen the government. Trump will meet with congressional leadership at the White House later Wednesday.

McConnell echoed Trump in painting a unified front, saying GOP senators were “behind the president.”

But several senators have publicly raised concerns with Trump’s strategy. The president has doubled down on his demand for $5.7 billion for the border — an amount that can’t pass either chamber. 

GOP senators leaving the sit-down said some “concerns” about the strategy were raised during the meeting, which was their first opportunity to directly question Trump. Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (R-Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw McConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Alaska) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Fla.) all said they raised concerns with the president about the impact the shutdown was having on their constituents.

But Trump downplayed the differences, saying that “a couple” asked about strategy “but they are with us all the way.”

“Everybody in that room was fantastic,” Trump added. “There was no reason for me even to be here.”

Alexander Bolton contributed to this report, which was updated at 2:45 p.m.