President Trump met privately Tuesday with senior aides at the White House who are leading his “shutdown strategy,” or possible avoidance of a partial government shutdown next week.
The National Rifle Association is expected to be part of those discussions, according to two people familiar with the meeting.
Both people asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
Also attending Tuesday’s meeting were Stephen H. Bannon, a former chief White House strategist, and Chris Ruddy, a conservative media executive who has been an advocate of the Mueller investigation.
Several people who attended the meeting described Mr. Trump’s mood as relaxed and relatively calm compared with an afternoon meeting Monday in which a rare group of Senate Democrats grilled him and his economic team in a long meeting — and the lawmakers pressed for a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Mr. Trump said after the meeting that he welcomed “an open dialogue” with lawmakers and reiterated that he was open to both bipartisan immigration reform and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He said he would focus on an immigration bill offered by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s second-ranking Democratic leader, the immigration negotiators as well as his conservative base.
Also in attendance at Tuesday’s White House meeting were Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, White House chief of staff John F. Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.