The president said during Thursday’s phone call interview with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney that Pelosi “doesn’t want to give anything. She thinks it helps her with the election and I don’t think so. … We’re not holding it up. She is holding it up.”
Asked if he would pick up the phone to call the House speaker, Trump responded, “Sure I would. But I know my people. I know life. She’s got a lot of problems, she’s got a lot of mental problems and it’s going to be very hard to do anything with her.”
Though Trump claimed Pelosi is the one holding up COVID-19 relief, the president ended negotiations on another relief bill last week. However, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Pelosi have been in discussion this week over a stimulus bill.
While the Trump administration has proposed a $1.8 trillion bill, Pelosi is looking for a $2.2 trillion aid package. Mnuchin, though, indicated on Wednesday he thinks reaching a deal before the Nov. 3 election would be hard.
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Trump tells Stuart Varney that he won't call up Pelosi and negotiate a stimulus bill because she has "a lot of mental problems" pic.twitter.com/UBcUD5F3iy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 15, 2020
Trump also said during the Fox Business interview that he would be open to raising the offer of the $1.8 trillion aid package.
He continued, “China will pay us back in one form or another….I would pay more. I would go higher. Go big or go home.”
Treasury Sec. Mnuchin said this morning: “A deal would be hard to get done before the election, but we’re gonna keep trying." pic.twitter.com/naKFyfWtKQ— The Recount (@therecount) October 15, 2020
Though he believes it will be difficult to get a deal done before the 2020 presidential election, Mnuchin indicated on Thursday morning, “We’re going to keep trying.”
The Treasury secretary also told CNBC, “When I speak to Pelosi today I’m going to tell her that we’re not going to let the testing issue stand in the way, that we’ll fundamentally agree with their testing language subject to some minor issues. This issue is being overblown.”