Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to answer reporters' questions Friday on whether he has been tested for COVID-19 since he attended a White House event last Saturday. (Oct. 2)
MITCH MCCONNELL: Today, I talked to the president this morning. He was in good spirits. But obviously, as you can imagine, not happy to be cooped up in the White House for a while, as the White House press secretary and others have announced today. In fact, he and I also talked business during the course of our discussion this morning. I want to wish him and the first lady well, and I'm confident he will be able to get through this and recover nicely.
What we're doing in the Senate is following the CDC guidelines. We have since May, when the Senate went back into session after being out for about five weeks, when we were all sent home all over the country. And we're following the CDC guidelines.
If you watched us, we've got our masks on. We practice social distancing. We've got a few members in quarantine at various times. But we've been able to function. With regard to specific questions about who's done what when, I can assure you that we are practicing all of the CDC guidelines in the Senate, all of them, and have been since the 1st of May.
- That doesn't answer the question about you. Have you been tested?
MITCH MCCONNELL: I'm answering your question. We are following the CDC guidelines. I'm not going to go into a-- have I ever been tested? Yes.
- Well, have you been tested--
MITCH MCCONNELL: I'm not going to answer questions about when. We are following the guidelines that we are given by the CDC. Someone asked me to do what?
- To take the Senate out of session next week to ensure that everyone is healthy and able to attend the following week.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Look, we're operating both when we're in session and when we're not in session successfully. There are times when the Senate is not in session. For example, for several weeks in August, traditionally, we are in session. And we weren't. But so far, the disease has not kept us from operating as we would normally. And there's no reason to expect that to be the case in the foreseeable future.