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US Congress Declines Trump's Offer Of COVID-19 Testing At Capitol Hill

Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have jointly rejected the offer by US President Donald trump’s administration for COVID-19 testing at the Capitol Hill.

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Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell have jointly rejected the offer by US President Donald Trump’s administration for testing all lawmakers of coronavirus at the Capitol Hill. Amid the global health crisis, while Pelosi and McConnell think it is best if the resources that the United States has, shall be diverted to front-line facilities, Trump sees “no reason” to decline the offer. However, US President thinks it would give “Crazy Pelosi” yet another chance to not be present for work. The joint statement by both Pelosi and McConnell was issued on May 2 saying that the testing should remain available where it “can do most good the most quickly”. 

The official statement read, “Congress is grateful for the Administration’s generous offer to deploy rapid COVID-19 testing capabilities to Capitol Hill, but we respectfully decline the offer at this time.”

“Our country’s testing capacities are continuing to scale up nationwide and Congress wants to keep directing resources to the front-line facilities where they can do the most good the most quickly,” it added.

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