Trump Admits His Pride Is Preventing Him From Helping Americans In Blue States
President Donald Trump said during a Fox Business interview on Thursday that his “pride” is standing in the way of getting a coronavirus relief package done for the American people.
- HuffPost reported that Trump said he would like to spend more than the $1.8 trillion offer his administration put on the table, but he is unwilling to capitulate to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) demand for “goodies.”
“She wants to bail out badly run Democrat states and cities,” Trump said. “She wants money for things that you would never ― just, your pride couldn’t let it happen.”
For the tens of millions of people who are unemployed, as well as the more than 200 million Americans who would receive a stimulus check, “pride” and Pelosi’s desire for “goodies” — such as more money for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing — may seem like insufficient reasons to reject the offer. But it perfectly explains Trump.
- “Trump on one hand wants a deal beyond the $1.8 trillion stimulus offer on the table, but he doesn’t want Pelosi to win,” HuffPost wrote. “He can’t let the California Democrat, who has refused to take the administration’s offers, just get what she wants — namely, more aid for state and local governments, higher unemployment benefits and more money for coronavirus testing.”
- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who leads White House negotiations on the deal, indicated Thursday that the White House would likely concede to extra money for testing.
- But Trump seemed to hold Mnuchin responsible for failing to cement a deal: “So far he hasn’t come home with the bacon.”