Not big breakthroughs emerged from the gathering of political foes – which included other Republican senators – but it furthered Obama's attempts to reach across the partisan divide and develop closer personal relationships in hopes of eventually resolving some thorny issues.
Rubio's staff called it "a positive discussion" without further comment.
More than four years into his presidency, Obama has launched a charm offensive to develop closer ties to his old colleagues in the
Participants said the diners discussed deficit reduction, gun control and immigration reform. Rubio, a Cuban-American, is part of a group of eight senators thrashing out legislation to overhaul immigration law.
The White House thanked Sen.