COVID-19 Stimulus: Trump Says No More Negotiations Until After Election

Getty/Win McNamee President Trump said on October 6 he was ceasing all negotiations with Democrats on a new coronavirus stimulus package.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday, October 6, threw cold water on many Americans’ hope for a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks and other economic relief in a series of tweets.

Fresh out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and “FEELING GREAT,” per his tweets, Trump said he was instructing his representatives to halt negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Instead, Trump said, he will focus exclusively on confirming Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative, to the Supreme Court to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Gisnburg’s seat.

Trump Said He Will Immediately Stop Negotiating a Stimulus Package with Congressional Democrats & ‘After I Win; the Election’ Pass a Stimulus Bill

Trump’s abrupt announcement appeared to put an end to any economic relief from the federal government for the millions of Americans out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he placed the blame squarely at Democrats’ doors:

Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 trillion to bail out poorly run, high-crime, [Democratic] states, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 trillion and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith.

I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our country. 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.

I have asked Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Our economy is doing very well. The stock market is at record levels, jobs and unemployment also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the world in economic recovery, and the best is yet to come.

Congressional Democrats did not immediately respond to Trump’s announcement.

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