Two days after calling off coronavirus relief talks with Democrats, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE did a full 180-degree turn and said Thursday that he was now negotiating a “bigger deal” than a narrowly focused package to rescue airlines.
“I shut down talks two days ago because they weren’t working out. Now they’re starting to work out,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network.
“We’re talking about airlines and we’re talking about a bigger deal than airlines,” he said.
The comments came less than 48 hours after Trump abruptly derailed talks on another massive round of emergency COVID-19 aid, announcing that he had instructed Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy | Trump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules | Long-term jobless figures rise, underscoring economic pain Trump works from Oval Office six days after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy MORE to halt his communications with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFly lands on Pence’s head during VP debate On The Money: Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy | Trump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules | Long-term jobless figures rise, underscoring economic pain Overnight Health Care: Trump works from Oval Office after COVID-19 diagnosis | GOP frustrated by Trump’s messages on aid | Eli Lilly asks for emergency authorization of antibody treatment MORE (D-Calif.), the principal negotiators who seemed to be making some progress on a bipartisan agreement.
“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,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
Despite the pronouncement, Pelosi and Mnuchin have been busy fighting for an eleventh hour lifeline for the decimated airline industry. The pair spoke several times by phone on Wednesday, and were expected to talk again on Thursday.
There’s been no indication, however, that they have continued talks on a broader deal.