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McConnell says he hasn’t been to White House since August, citing Covid-19 protocols

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he hasn’t been to the White House since early August, citing a difference in coronavirus protocols at the White House and in the Senate.



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“I haven’t actually been to the White House since August the 6th because my impression was their approach to how to handle this is different from mine and what I insisted that we do in the Senate, which is to wear a mask and practice social distancing,” McConnell said at a Kentucky event in response to a question about whether he believes President Donald Trump should be disclosing more information about his recent coronavirus diagnosis.

The comments, which he more or less repeated at a second event shortly after, underscore the sharp differences in how the Kentucky Republican has approached the pandemic compared to Trump’s White House.

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McConnell Says He Avoided White House Because of Virus Protocols

(Bloomberg) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hasn’t been to the White House in two months because of concerns that the White House wasn’t following proper social distancing or mask-wearing protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, left, wears a protective mask as he departs the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Talks Thursday between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin brought no immediate breakthrough on a deal for a new pandemic relief package, while the House prepared to vote on a Democrat-only plan.


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, left, wears a protective mask as he departs the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Talks Thursday between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin brought no immediate breakthrough on a deal for a new pandemic relief package, while the House prepared to vote on a Democrat-only plan.

“I haven’t actually been to the White House since August the 6th, because my impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine, and what I insisted we do in the Senate, which is to wear masks and practice social distancing,”

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