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Deputy White House Press Secretary On Relief Talks, Pandemic – NPR

NPR’s Tonya Mosley talks with Brian Morgenstern, the White House deputy press secretary, about relief bill negotiations and the ongoing pandemic.

TONYA MOSLEY, HOST:

There are a lot of numbers swirling around the news today. Ninety-two – that’s the number of days Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Democrats have been in talks about a stimulus bill. More than 8 million is the number of Americans who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. And 545 – that’s the number of children who still have not been reunited with their parents after being separated at the Southern border. All of this is happening 13 days before Election Day. And we’re going to talk about all of this with Brian Morgenstern, deputy White House press secretary. He’s on the line now.

Welcome back to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

BRIAN MORGENSTERN: Well, thank you very much for having me. Pleasure to be with you.

MOSLEY: Well, Brian, let’s start with the stimulus negotiations. President Trump has been saying he wants to go big. Speaker Pelosi has said she and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are making progress. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told the White House not to make a deal. Will there be
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