Top GOP senator briefs Trump on border negotiations

Top GOP senator briefs Trump on border negotiations
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Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig Shelby20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall Conservatives urge Trump to stick with Moore for Fed Poll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field MORE (R-Ala.) briefed President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE on the ongoing negotiations to break the stalemate on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and prevent a second shutdown.

Shelby said he had a "productive" meeting with Trump, who he said told the Senate Appropriations chairman that he wanted the conference committee to "wrap it up" and that he wanted a "legislative solution."

"This is crucial time right now, between now and Monday," Shelby said.


He didn't rule out that the group of 17 lawmakers could reach a tentative agreement before then, signaling that the conference committee has made significant progress toward a deal.

Shelby added that if negotiations remained within the "parameters" that he discussed with Trump that he believes the president will ultimately sign an agreement.

"If we can work within some of the parameters that we've talked about today … I think he would sign it. And I think he's, from my perspective, been quite reasonable," Shelby said.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Trump was noncommittal about the spending negotiations.

"Both sides are moving along. We'll see what happens. We need border security. We have to have it. It's not an option. Let's see what happens," he said at the White House.

Shelby spoke with Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release MORE (D-Vt.) after returning from the White House and expects to speak with Schumer. He also briefed GOP senators about his talks with Trump during a closed-door lunch.

Senators previously thought Trump would sign a continuing resolution in December only for the president to rebuff the legislation because it didn't include extra border wall money.

Shelby declined to say if Trump gave him a specific amount that he wanted to see in any agreement for physical barriers along the border. The president has previously demanded $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, an amount that can't pass the House or get 60 votes in the Senate.

The "positive" talks between Shelby, Trump and Vice President Pence are the latest sign of movement in the tightly held negotiations ahead of the Feb. 15 deadline to prevent a second shutdown.

Shelby has also spoken separately with Pence this week, as well as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) met with Democratic conferees on Thursday shortly after Shelby's White House meeting.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks McConnell: 'Past time' for immigration-border security deal MORE (D-Ill.) told reporters after the meeting with Schumer that "our conversation continues."

-Updated 2:30 p.m.