As the White House continues negotiations with Democrats over coronavirus stimulus packages Donald trump said he is willing to increase his current $1.8 trillion offer.
Trump said during a phone interview on Fox Business Thursday morning Trump said he would pay more and goes higher.
Trump, who did not specify a dollar amount, said that he had directed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to offer a larger figure to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) but said “so far he hasn’t come home with the bacon.”
Trump also said that he was not willing to agree to Pelosi’s own $2.2 trillion offer, claiming as he has repeatedly that the top Democrat is seeking to “bail out” cities and states run by Democrats that are cash-strapped for reasons unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.
“She is asking for all sorts of goodies. She wants to bail out badly run Democrat states and cities. She wants money for things that you would never, you just couldn’t, just your pride couldn’t let it happen,” Trump told host Stuart Varney.
Trump also accused Pelosi of being unwilling to strike a deal because “she thinks it helps her with the election” while insisting that Republicans would be advantaged “because everyone knows she is holding it up.”
The president insisted that Republicans are on board for a larger stimulus package, despite objections among GOP senators to the $1.8 trillion offer that Mnuchin proposed to Pelosi last week. Trump also claimed that the United States would force China to pay for the additional stimulus, without providing an explanation of how he would do so, as he blamed Beijing for the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Republicans are willing to do it. I’d like to see more money, because it comes back. It’s going to come back anyway,” Trump said. “We’re going to take it from China. It’s coming out of China. They’re the ones that caused this problem.”