Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi are engaged in a high stakes game of chicken.
Whoever blinks first will lose control of events and possibly the 2020 election.
And now President Trump hit Nancy Pelosi with an ultimatum that took her totally by surprise.
The administration and Congress have been locked in negotiations over another coronavirus relief bill.
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats proposed an over two trillion dollar bill that acted as a vehicle to bail out poorly run blue states.
Donald Trump countered with a series of tweets outlining his support for a controversial fund to bailout the airlines after Southwest announced it was furloughing 32,000 workers due to a coronavirus pandemic induced downturn in business as well as more money for the Pay Check Protection Act fund which the administration claimed saved 50 million jobs this spring.
“The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!” the President wrote on social media.
The President’s dramatic late night tweets came after Trump blew up negotiations by publicly announcing he ordered his negotiators to withdraw from the talks due to Nancy Pelosi’s stubbornness.
“If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” President Trump began.
“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith.“ President Trump continued.
The President added that he ordered Mitch McConnell to devote all his energies to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
“I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. 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. I have asked @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Our Economy is doing very well. The Stock Market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment,” the President concluded.
Nancy Pelosi was flummoxed and was left to insulting the President by falsely claiming the President was tweeting out of road rage after doctors administered steroids as part of the President’s treatment for coronavirus.
“Believe me, there are people who thought, who think that steroids have an impact on your thinking,” Pelosi told her caucus. “I do practice medicine on the side without benefit of diploma, as a mother and a grandmother, but I hadn’t gone into mental health yet.”
But Pelosi knows she is in a trap.
The President announced he would immediately sign legislation on the most popular parts of a bailout bill that both parties agree on.
If Democrats reject this offer they are walking away from the table weeks before the election.
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