Trump ends Covid budget stimulus relief talks

Trump ends Covid budget stimulus relief talks
Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in budget talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump has said he is ending a Covid-19 relief talks, and will only resume talks after the election.

He predicted he would win the November 3 election and pass a bill afterwards. US stocks fell after the announcement.

Relief talks between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi began in July.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Mr Trump had “turned his back” on the American people.

Mr Biden said in a statement on Tuesday: “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 – none of it – matters to him,”

Mr Trump – who is himself currently being treated for Covid-19 – countered: “Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left Democrats were just playing ‘games’ with the desperately needed Workers Stimulus Payments.

The President continued: “They just wanted to take care of Democrat failed, high crime, Cities and States. They were never in it to help the workers, and they never will be!”

The Republican President said he had instructed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus efforts on confirming his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The Senate Majority Leader later told reporters he supported the President’s move because he believed a deal with the Democrats was looking too difficult.

He said: “We need to concentrate on the achievable.”

Lawmakers from both parties had hoped for another round of Covid-19 relief spending to pass ahead of the November 3 election, but President Trump’s tweet appears to have abruptly suspended that prospect.

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