McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Sen. Mitch McConnell (Photo: Senator Mitch McConnell / Facebook)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told fellow Republicans that he’s warned the White House not to divide Republicans by sealing a lopsided pre-election COVID-19 relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even as he publicly says he’d slate any such agreement for a vote.

McConnell made his remarks during a private lunch with fellow Republicans on Tuesday, three people familiar with his remarks said, requesting anonymity because the session was private.

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The Kentucky Republican appears worried that an agreement between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would drive a wedge between Republicans.

Pelosi and Mnuchin have arrived at a critical phase of their talks if any relief is going to be enacted by Election Day.