December 5, 2017 / 8:50 PM / in 10 months

White House says government shutdown always a possibility

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress worked to reach agreement on a short-term spending measure to keep the federal government open, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday a shutdown could still happen.

“It is always a possibility but it’s certainly not what we hope for,” she said at a media briefing, adding that the top Democrats in Congress, Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, would meet with Trump this week. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Bill Trott)

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