‘Still very far apart’: Democrats and White House on verge of abandoning aid deal

Top Trump administration officials said Thursday night they are on the cusp of abandoning efforts to craft a bipartisan coronavirus aid package unless Democrats take significant steps toward a compromise by Friday.

“We are not going to just keep on coming back every day if we can’t get to a deal,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said after a nearly three-hour meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Schumer and Pelosi are in discussions right now on whether it’s worth coming back.”

Pelosi called the meeting “consequential,” but said it “reinforced” Republicans and the White House “don’t understand the gravity of the situation.”

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