Negotiations between the Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over coronavirus relief spending have dragged on for weeks now.
But in a series of tweets this week, President Donald Trump made clear that his patience with Pelosi has run out and called for the end of negotiations until after November’s election, Breitbart reported.
“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to [bail out] poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, according to Breitbart.
No more negotiations
Because Democrats insist on jamming the bill with spending unrelated to COVID relief, Trump said negotiations will end until November.
“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” he tweeted.
Trump then expressed his confidence in the economy and its ability to bounce back.
“Our Economy is doing very well. The Stock Market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the World in Economic Recovery, and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!” he wrote.
The president also said he has asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to shift his focus exclusively on getting Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Rep. Budd: Pelosi doesn’t care
Trump’s words of exasperation echo what others in his party have been saying about the House leader and her approach to negotiating the bill.
During an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) accused Pelosi of “using the working men and women, or at least those who want to be working men and women, as a political football for her own expediency.”
“Look, we want to help the American people, but she makes it so toxic that you can’t help regular working men and women on the street,” Budd said, referring to the Democratic policy wishes that Pelosi insists are included in the bill.
“She doesn’t want a bill,” Budd concluded, according to Breitbart. “She believes that something is not better than nothing, and she would rather play hardball with the election than help the average man and woman on the street.”