Manchin puts high school students on surprise call from Trump

Manchin puts high school students on surprise call from Trump
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE on Wednesday spoke with a group of West Virginia high schoolers after he called Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Senate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats 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.