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 TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE on Wednesday spoke with a group of West Virginia high schoolers after he called Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinO'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Schumer: I don't know any 'Democrat who agrees' with O'Rourke on gun seizures 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.