GOP leaders head to White House as virus crisis deepens

New divisions between Senate GOP majority, White House challenge new coronavirus relief package deal.

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July 20, 2020 - 9:24 AM

President Donald Trump stands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during a campaign rally. The president was visiting Kentucky the day before Election Day in support of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Democrat Andy Beshear won the race. GETTY IMAGES/BRYAN WOOLSTON/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans in Congress are expected to meet today with President Donald Trump at the White House on the next COVID-19  aid package as the crisis many hoped would have improved has dramatically worsened, just as emergency relief is expiring. 

New divisions between the Senate GOP majority and the White House posed fresh challenges. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was prepared to roll out the $1 trillion package in a matter of days. But administration panned more virus testing money and interjected other priorities that could complicate quick passage. 

Trump insisted again Sunday that the virus would “disappear,”  but the president’s view did not at all match projections from the leading health professionals straining to halt the alarming U.S. caseload and death toll.

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