Trump, Congress square off over virus aid as crisis worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is acknowledging a “big flareup” in COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Congress are threatening passage of a new federal aid package to deal with the pandemic. Republican congressional leaders met with Trump on Monday at the White House as the virus worsens and aid is expiring. Trump says “good things” are happening. But the administration is stiffening its opposition to more testing money and interjecting other priorities that could complicate passage. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is prepared to roll out the $1 trillion package in a matter of days. The House has already passed a sweeping $3 trillion measure from Democrats.