Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell House Trump Overnight Defense: Pompeo warns Iran against space launches | Top Army official makes surprise Afghanistan visit | Trump reportedly opposed Jim Webb to replace Mattis Cracks beginning to show in GOP shutdown resolve MORE (R-Ky.) On Friday said President Trump wants to "designate his top people" to negotiate with congressional leaders this weekend to find a way to end the government shutdown.
"The news is that the president agreed to designate his top people to sit down with all the leaders' staffs this weekend to see if he could to the various leaders,
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" That's at least encouraging in the sense that if other Democratic leaders' staffs agree to meet, we'll have at least a working group of people to know about this subject to see if they can reach an agreement and then back to us for final sign-off, "McConnell added.
McConnell said it was "a spirited discussion."
Democratic leaders emerging from the White House said they should be reopened while negotiations continue.
"We made a plea to the president once again. Do not hold millions of Americans, hundreds of thousands of workers. Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer Scandal and Planned Parenthood are not strangers Pelosi: Trump does Three top priorities for 2019 to 'Keep America Great' MORE (NY) told reporters.
"It's very hard to see how progress is made unless they open up the government," he added.
Schumer said Trump appeared unmoved
The Democratic Leader described the rest of the meeting as "somewhat contentious."