Trump appears to waffle on shutdown as Congress pursues aid

Trump embraces fight with 'invisible enemy' days after dismissing virus
US President Donald Trump holds the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on March 18, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Administration officials and congressional leaders are struggling to complete a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package as the coronavirus crisis deepens. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, is suggesting he has qualms about extending the current 15-day suggested shutdown. Surgeon General Jerome Adams says “Things are going to get worse before they get better.” Yet hours earlier Trump suggested in a tweet that the remedies may be more harmful than the outbreak. That contradicts the advice of medical experts across the U.S. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said the country should expect new federal guidance “which will make it possible for people that have been exposed to return to work more quickly” by wearing masks.

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