The day after he was released from Walter Reed Hospital following a three day stay due to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump has ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to cease COVID-19, stimulus relief talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) until after the November 3 election. Obviously, reaction from Democrats is outrage, to say the least.
The President, as he loves to do, tweeted a series of comments on why he made the decision. Simply put, he says the Democratic House Speaker “is not negotiating in good faith.” He cited her rejection to an opening bid from the Treasury Secretary in their latest round of negotiations.
Trump added, ‘…immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Businesses. Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democratic States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country.”
The President ordered the end to negotiations despite warnings from his own Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, who stated early on Tuesday that “the economy is deteriorating.” Meanwhile, Trump has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to focus all of his attention before the election to getting US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, confirmed.
Congressman Albio Sires (D-District 8, NJ) was extremely critical of the President’s action today, texting Hudson TV, “The President has told his negotiators to stop working to reach an agreement on a COVID relief bill. One more example that he doesn’t prioritize the physical and financial health of Americans, in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden also ripped into Trump’s decision, saying, “Make no mistake: if you are out of work, if your business is closed, if your child’s school is shut down, if you are seeing layoffs in your community, Donald Trump decided today that none of that–none of it–matters to him.”
Many Republicans in the Senate have strongly hinted they are not willing to go along with any stimulus relief package topping $1 trillion.
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