By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso used his medical training on Monday morning when he appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to discuss President Donald Trump’s recent coronavirus diagnosis.
The senator noted that Trump was a “fighter” and that he expected the president to make a full recovery.
“But as a doctor, I can say that if the president of the United States can get coronavirus, any of us can,” he said.
“I know everyone wishes the president well and I bet he’s going to be back on the campaign trail as quickly as the doctors allow him to do it,” Barrasso added
Although virus testing has been on the rise over recent months, Barrasso said testing is not as important as practicing proper social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing hands regularly.
The next topic discussed was the proposed second stimulus package, which is still being debated in Congress.
The House of Representatives passed a $2.3 trillion aid package last week, something U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was not thrilled with as she noted in a statement last week.
Barrasso said that 52 Republican senators have voted in the Senate on “something” that is targeted to help people get back to work, with payment protection and to allow children to attend school in safe environments.
However, Barrasso joined his colleague in criticizing the aid package of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and and the Congressional Democrats, particularly the proposal to bring back $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits.
“They call them ‘enhanced unemployment benefits,’ but I call them basically bonus checks on top of unemployment,” he said, adding that Congress shouldn’t pay people more to stay home than they would earn at a full-time job.