WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump returns to the briefing room Tuesday as talks over the latest coronavirus economic rescue package continue on Capitol Hill. 

Senate Republicans unveiled their $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill Monday, kicking off negotiations with Democrats to craft a bill addressing the economic fallout wrought by the pandemic. The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection, and Schools Act, or HEALS Act, includes another round of direct checks to Americans, more help for small businesses and money to help encourage schools to return to the classroom in the fall. 

But bipartisan talks appeared to hit a snag Monday evening after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, the two White House officials tasked with negotiations. The four are due to meet again Tuesday afternoon. 

Democrats say the bill doesn’t go far enough while some conservative lawmakers dismissed the bill as too pricey. 

“Unfortunately, we’re pretty far apart right now, although I’m optimistic we could have a good solution at the end,” Schumer told “CBS This Morning” earlier on Tuesday. 

Congress is under mounting pressure to pass a bill quickly as federal unemployment insurance expires this week for millions of Americans made jobless by the pandemic. Democrats want to extend the weekly $600 federal unemployment bonus through January while Republicans have settled on capping assistance at 70% of workers’ pay.

Senate Republicans signaled it will be up to the Trump administration to clinch a deal with Democrats. 

Senate Healthcare Committee Chair Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told reporters on Capitol Hill “step one” was for Meadows and Mnuchin to “sit down with Democratic leaders and to see if there are areas of agreement.” 

Trump also returns to the podium a day after Twitter removed a post the president retweeted in which a group called “America’s Frontline Doctors” said “there is a cure” for the coronavirus without citing any evidence. 

Twitter said Trump’s tweet “was in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.” 

He retweeted a series of posts late Monday promoting the drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus despite his own medical experts warning against its use. Trump also retweeted a post attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, claiming the nation’s top infectious disease expert has “misled the American public” on the antimalarial drug.

Fauci defended himself in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday and dismissed the president’s tweets about hydroxychloriquine. 

 “I have not been misleading American public under any circumstances,” he said. 

Contributing: Nicholas Wu, Ledyard King

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