COVID-19 bill relief discussions halted early Tuesday after President Donald Trump told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to end negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) until after the November election.
Trump said via Twitter, “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.’ After this was revealed, stocks tumbled on Tuesday after the tweet.
Late Tuesday, after saying no, discussions will take place. He released a series of publicly urging members of his administration to work with Democrats in Congress to approve additional federal stimulus measures.
In one tweet, he said, “The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign it now!”
He then went on to be more specific in requesting a stand-alone stimulus package for him to sign. In a tweet later on that night, he said, “If I am sent a Stand-Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening, Nancy?”
Nancy Pelosi has not responded to tweets or released a statement in regards to what Trump is requesting.