Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday is saying Trump made a “terrible mistake” to prematurely end coronavirus aid talks.
“It’s hard to see any clear sane path on what he’s doing, but the fact is he saw the political downside of his statement of walking away from the negotiations,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “The View.” “He’s just again rebounding from a terrible mistake he made yesterday. And the Republicans in Congress are going down the drain with him on that.”
Pelosi has been holding out on a comprehensive plan for aid, while the Republicans are hinting they’d be interested in a piecemeal plan that targeted airlines and individual stimulus checks.
“It’s interesting that he said he’d send out those checks if we sent him that bill, because all he has ever wanted in the negotiation was to send out a check with his name on it. Forget about the virus, forget about our heroes, forget about our children and their need to go to school safely,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke again on Wednesday morning about aid for the airline industry.
“The secretary inquired about a standalone airlines bill. The speaker reminded him that Republicans blocked that bill on Friday & asked him to review the DeFazio bill so that they could have an informed conversation,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted.
Pelosi also dismissed the idea of picking up the phone or going to the White House to speak to Trump, where he is recovering from COVID-19 himself.
“I don’t want to go anywhere near the White House. It’s one of the most dangerous places in the country,” Pelosi said.
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