Despite negotiations having dragged on for roughly half a year, no agreement on coronavirus relief legislation has been reached between the Trump administration and House Democrats.
According to one senior Trump administration figure, the blame for the standstill lies with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
During a Friday interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, White House economics adviser Larry Kudlow accused Pelosi of operating in bad faith, Breitbart reported.
“It’s a very odd story, Speaker Pelosi, who speaks to Mr. Mnuchin every day, for about the last three months, decides to send a letter,” Kudlow said regarding Pelosi’s interaction with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Kudlow continued, “Mysteriously, Maria, the letter got published in Politico before Secretary Mnuchin got hold of it. That’s a rather odd case. So, I will say this, regrettably, our team believes now that the speaker is not negotiating in good faith.”
Even some Democrats upset with Pelosi
Kudlow said Pelosi has refused to compromise on “key issues,” adding, “She is still stringing us along, running out the clock until the election. That’s what our view is right now.”
Many Republicans have speculated that Pelosi is deliberately stalling progress on COVID relief funding to hurt President Donald Trump before the election.
However, the long-serving congresswoman has also come under public criticism from members of her own party for failing to compromise on a deal.
One of them is Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), who last month tweeted, “People in need can’t wait until February,” adding, “Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court.”
Businessman and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang expressed similar sentiments, tweeting, “Nancy Pelosi take this deal! Put politics aside people are hurting.”
Those comments didn’t go unnoticed by CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer, who asked Pelosi about them during an interview on Oct. 13.
Pelosi was extremely defensive to Blitzer’s line of questioning and even accused the anchor of stumping for Republicans. “What I say to you is I don’t know why you’re always an apologist — and many of your colleagues [are] apologists for the Republican position,” Pelosi said.