According to multiple sources familiar with the meeting, the President and House Republicans had been going around and around for about an hour with no resolution on a path forward. Republicans emphasizing, over and over, what the House Speaker laid out: pass a six-week debt ceiling extension, then sit down immediately and start negotiating. The negotiations would begin with discussions to fund and re-open the government. The president kept pressing Republicans to re-open the government right away.
Then, according to GOP sources familiar with the meeting, it was the moment that the president and Paul Ryan began engaging that changed the dynamic. The former GOP vice presidential candidate implored the President to deal with Republicans and find a way to work together, telling him they're not going away.
Sources in both parties tell CNN that it was that exchange that led the President to say that the group should break and that Republicans should try to figure out how to pass a bill to re-open the government and what conditions would be necessary to get that through the House.
CNN is also told that another House GOP leader made the point to the President that they needed to come out with some positive news or else the markets could tumble.
Sources in both parties underscore that while the President did not agree to any specific conditions to fund and open the government, he is open to hearing GOP ideas.