Trump to press GOP senators on healthcare at White House

President Trump plans to host a group of Republican senators at the White House on Monday night as he seeks to persuade them to back the Senate's new healthcare bill. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting but declined to provide a list of senators expected to attend. 

Later in the evening, a White House official said the following GOP senators were attending: No. 2 Senate Republican John CornynJohn CornynTrump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe Senators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan MORE (Texas), Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate panel rejects Trump funding cuts on Energy Department programs Governors-turned-senators meet to talk healthcare With healthcare bill derailed, GOP wonders: What now? MORE (Tenn.), Roy BluntRoy BluntOvernight Healthcare: Trump plays hardball on ObamaCare | Senators revive negotiations | CBO says repeal without replace would cost 32M insurance White House working with moderates on new Medicaid proposal Senate GOP revives negotiation over ObamaCare repeal and replace MORE (Mo.), Steve Daines (Mont.), James Lankford (Okla.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and John ThuneJohn ThuneGOP senator: It is in Trump's 'best interest' to sign Russia sanctions bill Sunday shows preview: Scaramucci makes TV debut as new communication chief Senate panel won’t vote on bill to boost ethanol MORE (S.D.).

Senate leaders face a tough task in generating momentum for their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 
 
 
According to The Hill's whip list, Daines and Lankford are undecided on the bill, while the other White House guests are leaning toward supporting the current draft. 
 
 
The Arizona Republican will be out of pocket this week as he recovers from surgery. He hopes to return next week, though that is not guaranteed. 
 
Nonetheless, Spicer voiced optimism that the Senate will pass the bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

"We have every confidence in the majority leader's ability to get this done," Spicer said.

Updated 6:50 p.m.