"I haven't been to the White House since August the 6th. And I personally didn't feel that they were approaching protection from this illness in the same way that I thought was appropriate for the Senate," McConnell told a news conference in Kentucky, his home state, on Thursday (October 8).
His remarks drew a sharp contrast with Trump, who was hospitalized for three days with the coronavirus but publicly removed his mask in front of TV cameras after returning to the White House.
In the Senate, lawmakers are encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing and limit office visitors. Committee hearings are conducted partly online, and there have been calls for new testing protocols.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, I've been following the advice of the CDC and the capitol physician. I can tell you, I haven't been to the White House since August the 6th.
And I personally didn't feel that they were approaching the protection from this illness in the same way that I thought was appropriate for the Senate. And the Senate has been operating in a way that I think has largely prevented contraction of this disease, as we operate in the Senate. In other words.