White House defiant as Covid-19 deaths approach 130,000

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After a holiday weekend where the total number of American Covid-19 deaths approached 130,000, White House officials committed to keeping the economy open as cases mount and local officials clamored for new measures to fight the outbreak.

“We have to adjust our personal lifestyle in a temporary basis because help is on the way,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Fox and Friends, touting the likelihood of a coronavirus vaccine that health officials say remains months away.

Meadows said President Donald Trump would be willing to wear a mask in tight quarters, but said mask mandates should be a state issue.