President Trump attacked Dr. Anthony S. Fauci as “a disaster” on Monday and said, despite signs that the nation was headed toward another coronavirus peak, that people were “tired” of hearing about the virus from “these idiots” in the government.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the White House has until Tuesday to agree to a deal on a new coronavirus stimulus package if President Trump wants one before Election Day. Senate Republicans are unlikely to support a larger aid bill.
As the coronavirus surges across much of the United States, infection rates are particularly high in some less-populated Western and Midwestern states, including Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held dueling town hall events Thursday night in place of a scheduled presidential debate. And on Capitol Hill, senators questioned Amy Coney Barrett ahead of a potential confirmation vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court.
The presidential election is 19 days away. President Trump returned to the campaign trail this week, just over 10 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19. On Capitol Hill, confirmation hearings rolled forward toward Republicans’ goal of filling late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.