In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump was flanked in the White House briefing room by a team of public health experts in a seeming portrait of unity to confront the disease that was ravaging the globe. Trump and his political advisers insist that the United States has no rival in its response to the pandemic. "Right now, I think it's under control," Trump said during an interview with Axios.
Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple obstacles remain, including an impasse on extending a $600-per-week pandemic jobless benefit, funding for the Postal Service, and aid to renters facing eviction. Democratic negotiators spoke of progress Monday at almost the very moment that top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell was slamming them for taking a hard line in the talks.
The president on Monday said he was weighing executive action as Congress and the White House struggle to break the impasse.
Negotiators emerged from about two hours of talks Monday on the next coronavirus relief package calling their discussions productive but sounding like a deal remains a long way away."It was productive. We are moving down the track. We still have our differences. We are trying to have clearer understanding of what the needs are," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer similarly said the two sides were making some progress, though many differences remain."What we did today, to give you a little flavor of it is we went through the numbers in the proposal that the Senate put forth and the proposal that we had," Schumer said. "How many children...
Pelosi told CNN Monday she didn't have "any confidence" in Birx, saying she has "enabled" Trump and not done enough to correct faulty medical claims.