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Govt shutdown threat ebbs as Trump relents on wall funding

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Mr Trump had been on a collision course with lawmakers over a wall along the Mexican border, demanding that Congress include funding to start construction in its new spending bill. With jitters rippling through Washington, he apparently agreed to soften his demand.

Washington

DONALD Trump and US lawmakers inched closer to a deal on Tuesday avoiding a government shutdown, as the president, eager to showcase a win marking his first 100 days, retreated from a demand to fund a border wall.

With the government set to exhaust its current funding at

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