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Trump, Republican senators meet to thrash out wall-funding dilemma

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump met with Republican senators on Friday after threatening a “very long” government shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, demanding $5 billion for border wall funding and seeking to shift blame for a holiday showdown to Democrats. The Republicans gathered at the White House at 10:30 a.m. (1730 GMT) to discuss the dilemma. Senator Richard Shelby said he doubted the issue would be resolved on Friday, and John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said there may be room…