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President Donald Trump announced via twitter that he is cutting off negotiations regarding a COVID-19 stimulus bill, and will postpone a stimulus bill until after he is reelected.
President Donald Trump announced that he would be ending negotiations over a
stimulus bill. In a tweet before noon on Tuesday, Trump said, “Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout 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.” In a second tweet, he revealed that he instructed his representatives to no longer focus on the bill and that the bill will not be passed “until after the election when, immediately after I win.” In the meantime, according to the President, Trump told Senator Mitch Mcconnell to focus on the approval of the Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barret.
Speaker Pelosi released a statement after Trump’s announcement, in which she said, “Today, once again, President Trump showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the
country, with the full complicity of the GOP Members of Congress.” According to Politico, Mcconnel said that he supported Trump’s decision to end negotiations. Further commenting, “I think his view was, they were not gonna produce a result, and we need to concentrate on what’s achievable.”
Government stimulus packages have come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a $2 trillion stimulus package being approved and signed into law in May. 80 million stimulus payments began to be made from the IRS to Americans the week of April 13.
In a statement, Pelosi said, “Clearly the White House is in complete disarray.” On a conference call with House Democrats Tuesday afternoon, Pelosi called into question Trump’s ability to make decisions due to his steroid prescription, according to a Capitol Hill source. Presidential nominee Joe Biden was also quick to respond to the President’s decision. He conveyed his discontent, saying, “Make no mistake: if you are out of work, if your business is closed, if your child’s school is shut down, if you are seeing layoffs in your community, Donald Trump decided today that none of that matters to him.”
ARTICLE: YULIANIE HERNANDEZ
EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE, POLITICS EDITOR
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