US Government in danger of shutdown, Trump says, "we're in good shape."

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The US Government is in danger of shutting down by the end of the month if Congress doesn't "raise the debt limit."

This came up a few times during Obama's presidency and each time Republicans preferred shutting down the Government over raising the debt limit.

It is not clear how the current negotiations will go, conservatives balk at raising the debt limit, while Democrats have no incentive to cooperate with Trump.

President Trump on Friday downplayed prospects of a government shutdown next week, with a deadline looming to conclude weeks of negotiations between Republican leaders and Democrats in Congress to pass a stopgap spending bill.

"I think we're in good shape," Trump said in response to a question from a reporter in the Oval Office as he greeted Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian American charity worker who was released from a Cairo prison after Trump intervened in her case with Egypt's leader.

Trump's comments came a day after White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he hopes to use negotiations to keep the government open past April 28 to force Democrats to back some funding for creating a new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as other Trump priorities.

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