President’s party plunges into chaos and conflict as a growing number of Republicans back his demand to increase payments

A growing number of Republicans on Tuesday backed Donald Trump’s demand to increase coronavirus relief payments to US citizens from $600 to $2,000, though Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked an effort to quickly pass the measure.

Trump’s party has been plunged into chaos and conflict over his demands to increase one-off cheques for Americans, a measure that passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Monday.

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