Manchin puts high school students on surprise call from Trump

Manchin puts high school students on surprise call from Trump
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE on Wednesday spoke with a group of West Virginia high schoolers after he called Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinRomney helps GOP look for new path on climate change Manchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law MORE (D-W.Va.) during a Skype session with the students.

Manchin tweeted that he was on a Skype video chat with students from Webster County High School when the president phoned him.

"The President took time out of his schedule to talk to the students over speakerphone," Manchin tweeted, along with a photo of the interaction.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manchin has had a complicated relationship with the White House as a Democrat representing a state Trump won by roughly 40 percentage points in the 2016 election.

The president has courted Manchin's support on a number of issues. The senator voted in favor of both of Trump's Supreme Court nominees and several Cabinet nominees, but has opposed key GOP legislative efforts like the Affordable Care Act repeal and a tax law overhaul passed in late 2017.

Trump campaigned for Manchin's opponent in last November's election, holding three campaign rallies for Patrick Morrissey leading up to the vote. Manchin ultimately won reelection by 3 percentage points.