The president and Democrats are at odds over Trump's demand for billions in funding for border security.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) echoed Pence's account of the meeting, adding that Democratic leaders "want to just argue".
President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill claiming he has "tremendous" support as he headed into a meeting with Republican senators uneasy with the government shutdown over his border wall.
And it seems that this development did not escape the watchful eye of political commentator Ben Shapiro as well.
It looked like a live parody of Grant Wood's iconic "American Gothic"; alas, it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer delivering their much-maligned rebuttal to President Trump's oval office address on the border crisis. He suggested a deal for his border wall might be getting closer, but he also said the shutdown will last "whatever it takes".
Democrats said before the White House meeting that they would ask Trump to accept an earlier bipartisan bill that had money for border security but not the wall.
There's growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff", according to Sen.
A couple of weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly waylaid Schumer to try to strike a bargain: a funding bill for DHS with $1 billion for the administration's non-wall related immigration projects.
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She was "in transit" for an onward flight to Australia but claims that Saudi officials were "waiting for her at arrival gate". She arrived in Bangkok on Saturday from Kuwait, saying she feared her family would kill her if she was forced to go home.
Democrats have vowed to block funding for a wall, which they say would be immoral and ineffective, and have called on Trump to reopen shuttered portions of the government while border negotiations continue.
There was no sign Trump was backing down from his demand for $5.7 billion for the border wall in exchange for ending the shutdown. Republicans said Trump, who passed out candy at the start of the meeting, did not raise his voice and there was no table pounding.
In recent days, Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has also seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall. Republicans were expected to join Democrats in voting, defying the plea to stay with the White House.
"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said. "When Democrats talk about border security, we want to have solutions to the problems we actually have".
"The president could end the Trump shutdown and re-open the government today, and he should", Pelosi said.
Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to circumvent Congress and move forward with the wall. But he did not mention that Tuesday night. Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes.
"They don't come in through checkpoints, they come through areas where you have hundreds of miles without walls and without barrier or without strong fences", Mr. Trump said at the Capitol.