McConnell Says He’s Been Avoiding White House Over Poor COVID-19 Protocols

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last visited the White House on August 6.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted on Thursday that he has been avoiding visits to the White House since early August because he disagreed with its protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Nexstar Media reported that McConnell made the admission during a re-election campaign stop in Kentucky, where he said: “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 a mask and practice social distancing.”

Lax White House safety protocols have been pointed to as a likely factor in an outbreak in the West Wing over the last two weeks. A White House Rose Garden ceremony on Sept. 26 is widely suspected to be a coronavirus “superspreader” event. At least eight attendees have since tested positive, including President Donald Trump himself.

Republicans running for re-election must now navigate the politicized issue of coronavirus safety in their final appeals to voters. For the most part, GOP leadership has acquiesced to the president’s messaging on mask use and the threat of COVID-19. But that strategy is becoming increasingly politically perilous.

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