President Donald Trump just delivered some big news to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her fellow Democrats: their plan for coronavirus relief, he says, just doesn’t cut it.
According to The Hill, Trump suggested on Tuesday’s episode of Fox & Friends that Pelosi and company’s $2.2 trillion proposal to provide relief to Americans amid COVID-19 isn’t big enough.
“It’s very simple. I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats,” the president said, as The Hill reported.
“I would rather go bigger”
Of course, Trump acknowledged Tuesday that his idea of a massive relief package isn’t popular among all members of his party. According to The Hill, South Dakota Sen. John Thune (R) said earlier this week that any price tag above $1.8 trillion would likely “be hard” for the GOP to get behind.
Utah Republican Mitt Romney expressed a similar sentiment. “I think it’s very unlikely that a number of that level would make it through the Senate, and I don’t support something of that level,” the senator said Tuesday, according to NBC News.
But Trump isn’t backing down. “Now, not every Republican agrees with me,” he told Fox & Friends, “but they will.”
According to The Hill, the president said the extra relief is necessary “because this is money going to people that did not deserve what happened to them coming out of China.” It’s apparently something Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin plans to bring up in his ongoing talks with Speaker Pelosi.
“They are talking. Let’s see what happens,” Trump said of the negotiations. “But I would rather go bigger than her number.”
“People in need can’t wait”
While Trump continues his quest to rally Republicans, it seems Nancy Pelosi is also feeling the pressure, including from members of her own party. Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna, from Pelosi’s home state of California, said earlier this month that Americans simply “can’t wait” until after Election Day for long-promised relief.
People in need can’t wait until February. 1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice Obama stimulus. It will allow Biden to start with infrastructure. Obama won in 08 by doing the right thing on TARP instead of what was expedient. Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court. https://t.co/qAEtd049sW
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) October 11, 2020
It’s a sentiment shared by Trump — but it remains to be seen whether leaders on Capitol Hill are willing to make a move. According to NBC News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told fellow Republicans on Tuesday “that he is ‘encouraging’ the White House to wait until after the Nov. 3” to strike a deal on coronavirus relief.
There are simply too many moving parts, McConnell says, for a new package to come to fruition in less than two weeks. “If a deal is announced, then it would have to be written, and people will have a chance to take a look at it,” the majority leader explained, according to NBC. “Then it will have to clear the House, and if all of that occurs, then, of course, we would consider it in the Senate.”