When discussions between House Democrats and White House officials finally appeared to be paying off, President Donald Trump has told his negotiators to suspend talks until after the November 3 election.
President Trump said he has told his administration’s negotiators to end coronavirus stimulus talks with Democrats, and the declaration puts a brake on months of discussions between both parties as they tried to reach an agreement that could bring economic relief to Americans who are struggling to stay afloat.
According to CNBC, Trump joined top GOP lawmakers on a phone call earlier Tuesday to discuss the next stimulus package before ultimately announcing that he’s directed his negotiators to postpone talks until after the election.
Only three days ago, through his Twitter account, he had urged both sides to “get it done” and reach an agreement, so the new announcement comes as a surprise to most.
“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.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin spoke Tuesday afternoon and the White House official confirmed that Trump pulled out of the talks, according to a tweet posted by the speaker’s spokesman Drew Hammill.