White House 'confident' government shutdown can be avoided but still tells agencies to prepare for it

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is “confident” that the Trump administration will avoid a government shutdown as a result of a battle with Congress over funding the border wall with Mexico and healthcare.

Donald Trump thinks the White House and Congress are “in good shape” to avoid any work stoppage.

“Obviously we don’t want the government to shut down, but we want to make sure that we’re funding the priorities of the government,” said Mr Spicer. 

Democrat Representative Nina Lowey said she does not “see how we can meet that deadline.” 

Federal agencies are only funded until 28 April

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