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Trump likely to agree to two-week government funding extension



U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he attends the USMCA signing ceremony before the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday he expects to agree to a two-week extension of funding ahead of a Dec. 7 deadline to fully fund the U.S. government because of former President George H.W. Bush’s death.

The prospects of a partial government shutdown have been looming in recent days after Trump last week renewed his demand for significant U.S. taxpayer funding of his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump said on Saturday congressional leaders have sought the short-term extension and he said he would “absolutely consider it and probably give it.”

Reporting by Roberta Rampton aboard Air Force One; writing by David Shepardson in Washington; editing by Darren Schuettler