[Grammar] What conjunction is "that"?

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rambharosey

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The President said that Government would take steps to combat terrorism.

In this sentence, what kind of a conjunction is "that": Subordinating or coordinating? I feel it should be coordinating, because it is joining the following Independent clauses:

1. The President said
2. Government would take steps to combat terrorism
 

emsr2d2

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"The president said" isn't an independent clause. It cannot stand on its own as a grammatical sentence.
 
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