President Donald Trump on Monday called out Democrat leaders over their refusal to cut a deal in order to help millions of Americans in need – bashing them for fearing putting their own political desires over actually helping people.
The president said that Democrats fear reaching a stimulus deal would benefit him in November and they are scared it will cost them the election.
The president’s answer came in response to a questions about why he didn’t invite the top Democrats into the White House to hash out a deal.
He said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “don’t want to make a deal. They think it’s good for politics if they don’t want to make a deal. These are people … I don’t have a lot of respect [for].”
“I don’t need to meet with them and be turned down,” he said, adding that talks are stalled because a deal would be good for the economy and the Democrats don’t want that.
“They think that if the country does as badly as possible … that’s good for the Democrats,” Trump said.
Stimulus talks have completely stalled, a month after the two parties held negotiations. One of the sticking points is whether to provide $1 trillion in federal bailouts to state and local governments which have been run poorly by Democrats for years which Republicans do not support.
“We’ll do something to help cities,” Trump said, but the $1 trillion “bailout” is too high.
Pelosi, in a statement on Labor Day, again called for Republicans to pass the HEROES Act.
“Sadly, this Labor Day, America’s workers are facing the staggering assault on their health and economic security from the unprecedented coronavirus crisis,” she wrote in a statement. “Yet, with millions of workers still unemployed and millions more at risk of losing their jobs, Republicans and the Trump Administration continue to ignore the scale of the crisis and refuse to lift a finger to help working families.”
Last month, after talks grinded to a halt, Trump took executive action on payroll taxes, student loan payments, expanded unemployment benefits, and a moratorium on evictions.
Pelosi last week accused Trump of stonewalling, adding that the 8.4 percent unemployment rate “is a reminder of the urgent need to enact the #HeroesAct, as the economic recovery stimulated by Congress’s early & robust investments continues to slow down.”
It came as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House and top Democrats have agreed to a continuing resolution to keep the government funded at the end of this month.
“We’re going to move forward with a clean CR [continuing resolution], hopefully through the beginning of December,” Mnuchin told reporters at the White House.
“The president and I believe we should do more stimulus,” he also said. “We have about 7 and a half million jobs we need to get back until we’re back to where we were and we want to help small businesses, we want to help businesses that are particularly impacted by this and we’ll continue to work on proposed new legislation.”
Mnuchin added that Senate Republicans are moving ahead with a smaller CCP virus package this week. The Senate is slated to return back to Capitol Hill after Labor Day.