Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell places on a masks after talking to the media in Washington

US Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, one among President Donald Trump’s strongest allies in Washington, has averted visiting the White Home for greater than two months due to its dealing with of the coronavirus, he advised reporters on Thursday.

The highest Republican in Congress depends as a substitute on cellphone conversations to debate vital points akin to COVID-19 financial stimulus laws and Supreme Court docket strikes with Trump, he advised a information convention in Kentucky, his residence state.

“I truly have not been to the White Home since Aug. 6, as a result of my impression was their strategy to how one can deal with this was completely different from mine and what I insisted that we do within the Senate, which is to put on a masks and observe social distancing,” the 78-year-old lawmaker stated.

His remarks drew a pointy distinction with Trump, who was hospitalized for 3 days with the coronavirus however publicly eliminated his masks in entrance of TV cameras after returning to the White Home.

In his Nov. 3 election bid to retain his Senate seat, McConnell faces a long-shot problem from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot.

First girl Melania Trump and several other White Home officers together with spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany have additionally examined optimistic for the lethal illness.

Trump’s dealing with of his an infection and the broader coronavirus pandemic, which has killed greater than 211,000 People, greater than in another nation, is threatening Republican hopes of preserving their Senate majority. 

Within the Senate, lawmakers are inspired to put on masks, observe social distancing and restrict workplace guests. Committee hearings are carried out partly on-line, and there have been calls for brand new testing protocols.

“Since Could 1st, I’ve stated put on your masks and observe social distancing. It is the one approach that we all know of to stop the unfold till we get a vaccine and we have practiced that within the Senate,” McConnell stated.

“You’ve got heard about different locations which have had a special view, and they’re paying a value for it,” he stated.

Three Republican senators have examined optimistic for COVID-19. Two have been recognized after attending a crowded White Home occasion for Trump’s Supreme Court docket nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

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