Trump Delays Coronavirus Relief Talks Until After the Election

President Trump, who is still being treated for the Coronavirus at the White House, told Republicans to no longer hold talks with Democrats about the Coronavirus stimulus legislation until after the Presidential election next month, according to NPR.

“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 trillion to bailout poorly run, high crime Democrat states, money that is in no way related to Covid-19,” Trump tweeted.

The news caused the stock markets to fall, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, said he respects Trump’s decision. However, Speaker of the House Pelosi, D-CA, accused Trump of abandoning Americans who have lost their jobs and been directly impacted by the Coronavirus.

“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,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi had been in regular talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in an attempt to reach a bipartisan compromise before the November election. The House released a $2.2 trillion Coronavirus relief bill last week. However, the White House was looking at legislation in the $1.5 trillion range. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said today more assistance is needed to help the economy begin to recover, according to CNN. Congress has been trying to pass another stimulus package for months to no avail.

While Trump is now ending the talks, he tweeted last Saturday that the United States “wants and needs stimulus.” He is now telling McConnell to focus on getting Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett confirmed instead.