Trump: GOP is ‘totally unified’ on border strategy

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHoward Schultz advisers exploring possible 2020 independent bid: report Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report Salvation Army offers to cover furloughed federal workers' electric, gas bills in Virginia 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 McConnellSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' MORE (R-Ky.), said the party was totally “unified” and had “no discussion about anything other than solidarity.”

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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 CollinsOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO MORE (R-Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKaine to force Senate to hold rare Saturday session amid shutdown Senate rejects government-wide ban on abortion funding Senators look for possible way to end shutdown MORE (R-Alaska) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO 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.