UPDATE: McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan described the meeting:
“Senator McCain and the President had a productive meeting on a range of issues, including the situation in the middle east, immigration reform and border security, trade, and budgetary matters. Senator McCain looks forward to working with the President to address issues of mutual concern for the welfare of our country in these challenging times.”
Washington (CNN) - President Obama initiated his planned one-on-one meeting with Sen. John McCain after the Arizona senator authored an op-ed on political civility following the Tucson shootings, according to a senior administration official. The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon.
"This is the result of a call the President placed to McCain after the Arizona Senator's op-ed that appeared after Tucson – he wanted to come see the President about some important issues and the President is eager to see him," the official said.
The op-ed, which appeared in the Washington Post January 16, praised the president's speech at the Tucson victims' memorial service.
"I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause," McCain wrote.
- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King contributed to this report