White House ups virus aid offer, resumes talks with Pelosi

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Steven Mnuchin - 77th United States Secretary of the Treasury (Photo: The White House)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is boosting its offer in up-and-down COVID-19 aid talks in hopes of an agreement before Election Day.

President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to declare, “Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!”

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke for more than 30 minutes Friday afternoon.

Still, GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t see a deal coming together soon out of what he calls a “murky” situation.

A GOP aide familiar with the new White House offer says it is about $1.8 trillion, while Pelosi’s most recent public offer was about $2.2 trillion.