President stands firm in confrontation over Obamacare and debt ceiling as government prepares for looming shutdown

US President Barack Obama

Barack Obama delivers a statement on the budget, a possible US government shutdown and foreign policy. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/Pool/EPA

President Barack Obama on Friday issued a stark warning over the consequences of the continued stalemate in Congress over funding the federal government, saying US troops face disruption to their pay in the event of a shutdown and castigating his opponents for threatening to “blow up the entire economy”.

The president took to the podium for the second time in as many days, to issue his most withering attack yet on House Republicans who will spend this weekend deciding whether to attach new demands to stalled federal spending authorisation.

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