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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives for a meeting at the Pentagon, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday the U.S. government "could very well" shut down and that would be very harmful to the military.

"If the country shuts down, which could very well be, the budget should be handled a lot differently than it has been handled for the last long period of time," Trump said in answer to reporters' questions as he arrived for a visit at the Pentagon. "If for any reason it shuts down, the worst thing is what happens to our military."

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander)

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