Obama to meet Republicans tomorrow on shutdown

US President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans will meet on Friday at 11.15am (local time) to discuss the government funding shutdown.

US President Barack Obama speaking at the White House earlier this week. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the meeting was a "good start," but only if President Obama negotiates with the Republicans.