Trump said he communicated his views to Mnuchin. – I told him. So far he has not returned with the bacon. ”
Trump’s latest comments illustrate the smooth and disorganized state of affairs in stimulus talks at a time when economic recovery seems to be slowing.
Mnuchin and Pelosi have been negotiating for days, although Trump continues to change what he is willing to offer, often in Twitter posts or media interviews. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Meanwhile, has distanced himself from Republican senators from the White House̵
“I suggest what we think is appropriate,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky on Thursday when asked about Trump’s insistence on becoming “big.” “I put on the floor what we think is appropriate to deal with this disease at this time.”
Trump does not seem to know or is indifferent to the GO’s objections to the big new spending.
“Republicans are very willing to do that,” Trump said, insisting that Pelosi was standing in the way and “she has a lot of mental health issues.”
“Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to give anything away.” She believes that this helps her in the elections. … We don’t keep him. She’s holding it, “Trump said.
Against the backdrop of conflicting messages, Mnuchin seemed to be moving in the direction of Pelosi in his ongoing conversations. He said Thursday that the administration was basically ready to accept the language that Pelosi is pushing for a national strategy for coronavirus testing.
“When I talk to Pelosi today, I will tell her that we will not let the problem with the tests interfere. That we will basically agree with their language for testing, with minor problems, “Mnuchin told CNBC.” This problem is exaggerated. “
However, it was not clear what was being negotiated. Mnuchin and Pelosi have yet to speak, and a spokesman for Pelosi said he had not yet heard details from the finance ministry secretary about what he had agreed to.
After a huge wave of layoffs in March and April, there has been a noticeable increase in the last few weeks, following the expiration of a number of federal aid programs. Airlines and the tourism industry are particularly affected, while restaurants and other businesses continue to close in the country.
Congress transferred about $ 3 trillion in emergency aid in March and April, but a number of these programs have passed their course.
The White House and Democrats have agreed on several different measures to include in a new stimulus plan, including a desire to send another round of $ 1,200 stimulus checks, more aid to small businesses and aid to the airline. They are also seeking to extend emergency unemployment insurance, although there are differences in the way such assistance is structured. And a number of other issues remain unresolved, such as protecting corporate responsibility, which Democrats oppose, money for cities and states, and child care.
Negotiations continued amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the United States and a decline on Wall Street.
More than 20 countries reached new highs in their average number in seven days, while in 40 countries there is an increase in infections from week to week. The Dow Jones industrial average fell sharply on Thursday morning before recovering some of its losses.