January 19, 2018 / 10:43 PM / a month ago

Trump calls for four-week extension to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a post on Twitter on Friday that he was making progress with lawmakers to avoid a shutdown and advocated a four-week funding extension.

Although Trump said he had an excellent preliminary meeting with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer earlier Friday, a senior White House official said differences still remained, and they had not yet reached an agreement between extending funding for four weeks compared to a five-day option that Schumer has touted.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Eric Beech

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