Coronavirus relief talks continue in Washington

Congressional leaders continue to haggle over a stimulus bill tied to the COVID-19 pandemic economic crisis. Meanwhile, President Trump indicated he may try to limit the length of any shutdown.


National News

March 23, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Socially distanced apart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attend a meeting with a select group of Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats, and Trump administration officials in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Friday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS) Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Trump administration officials and congressional leaders struggled today to finalize a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package as the coronavirus crisis deepened, even as President Donald Trump seemed to suggest he had qualms about extending the current 15-day suggested shutdown.

“I didn’t expect to be starting off my week with such a dire message for America,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on “CBS This Morning,” as he warned the numbers will grow get worse this week. “Things are going to get worse before they get better. We really need everyone to understand this…and lean into what they can do to flatten the curve.”

Only hours before the surgeon general’s dire warning, Trump suggested in a tweet that the remedies may be more harmful than the outbreak in a tweet that contradicted the advice of medical experts across the nation.

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