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Trump wants standalone bill for $1,200 stimulus checks
After shutting down negotiations over a new COVID-19 stimulus package, President Trump said he would pass a standalone bill for $1,200 stimulus checks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lambasted President Donald Trump during a Wednesday interview on ABC’s “The View,” calling for White House staff to stage an “intervention” because “something’s wrong.”
Asked about her level of concern for Trump’s health given her role as second in the line of succession behind Vice President Mike Pence, Pelosi said she was very concerned for both herself and others around the country suffering amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s why I think that there has to be an intervention in terms of people around him,” she said, citing the need for a national plan to combat the pandemic.
The Speaker also criticized Trump for softening his stance on the halting of stimulus talks after outcry from lawmakers, business elites, the public and the stock market.
Trump made a “terrible mistake” when the president tweeted his opposition to any further discussion of a coronavirus stimulus package, Pelosi said
“The fact is that he saw the political downside of his statement of walking away from the negotiations…he walked away from the opportunity to crush the virus so that we could open our schools and our economy safely, he walked away from putting money in the pockets of the American people,” Pelosi said.
“It’s interesting that he said he’d send out those checks if we sent him that bill, because all he’s ever wanted in the negotiation is 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,” she mused.
Pelosi on Tuesday questioned whether the president’s infection or side effects from his treatment (including a steroid) had impaired his decision-making abilities, during a conference call with fellow House Democrats Tuesday afternoon.
Stimulus talks have been stalled as Senate Republicans wary of government spending have yet to find a compromise with Pelosi and congressional Democrats’ assertions that a piecemeal deal would be inadequate for the nation’s current economic pain.
Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke on the phone Wednesday morning about aid for the ailing airline industry, despite the president ordering an end to stimulus talks.
“But I will say this, it is really important for us to come to this agreement. When the president just popped off and made that announcement without even informing us that that was the case, he insulted the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi concluded.