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President Donald Trump ending Covid-19 stimulus negotiations left many baffled—Here's what happened

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has told his administration’s negotiators to end coronavirus stimulus talks with Democrats until after the Nov. 3 election.

The declaration halts an ongoing push to send trillions of dollars more in relief to Americans as the outbreak rampages through the U.S. and the economy struggles to recover from virus-related shutdowns. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke for an hour about a relief package on Monday and planned to talk about a possible agreement again Tuesday. Trump, who has Covid-19 himself, had only three days ago urged the sides to complete a deal after taking no direct role in the talks for months.

“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,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.

The president added that he has asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “focus full time” on confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which Senate Republicans have pushed to do before the election amid several Covid-19 cases within their ranks. Trump spoke with Republican congressional leaders about stimulus plans earlier in the day.

Trump appeared to contradict his earlier message in a tweet Tuesday night. Responding to a headline about Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell calling for more fiscal stimulus and saying Congress has a low risk of “overdoing it,” the president wrote, “True!”

Pelosi and Mnuchin talked Tuesday afternoon, and the Treasury secretary confirmed that Trump pulled out of the discussions, the speaker’s spokesman Drew Hammill said in a tweet. Pelosi “expressed her disappointment in the President’s decision,” Hammill wrote.

In a statement responding to Trump’s tweets, Pelosi said the president “showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the country, with the full complicity of the GOP Members of Congress.” She added that “walking away from coronavirus talks demonstrates that President Trump is unwilling to crush the virus.”


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Author — Patrice Pavard

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These people don't care about the citizens. They are ok they're rich.

Author — Walter Henry Silvera

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The politicians were on vacation for a month they dont care about the people if it was urgent they would have made something happen months ago

Author — Mac Photos

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Not once was there mention of Wendy’s new pretzel bun. Shameful.

Author — Carlos Google

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And people keep believing these people care about us lol

Author — Iced Coffee

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I wish these guys could truly understand our experience in this ordeal right now. Guess there’s no rush when you still have a sizable income still coming in.

Author — sk8punk318

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Update: Employers in my states are just starting to actually hire again post covid shutdown. I landed employment but I just found out that because local police departments are not fingerprinting for employment (basic background check fingerprinting) due to covid I have to drive over an hour to get fingerprinted for employment and it costs money to get it done. I get $0 from unemployment as unemployment is exhausted. I get a total of $0 income. There is no assistance such as the CARES act in effect now through unemployment. I may not be able to work due to this-- because there is no more pandemic assistance for people like me whose unemployment is exhausted and Pelosi is holding up any relief. If I can get the funds for the fingerprinting from the local church of something then I'll still have to risk driving far on the freeway and through 3 local cities to the location to get the fingerprinting process done for a background check. My auto insurance is expired due to a lack of income. My vehicle registration came due right as unemployment ended (soon after some repairs for my vehicle had to be done) - meaning that too is expired and I have no funds to renew it - because unemployment is exhausted and there is no more assistance. These are ridiculous problems that shouldn't exist! How many such ridiculous issues are people dealing with and how much worse is it going to get!

Author — Mystic Bengals

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They all need to lose their seats they don't care nothing about Americans it's all about how much money they can stick in their pocket

Author — Tim Hogeland

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People that are already rich off of OUR tax dollars telling us we can’t have our own cut. Thanks government 🙄

Author — Latnlvr

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No one:
Politicians: sToP bEiNg PoOr!!!!

Author — Felix Argyle

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not proud to be an american fighting every where I go, struggling to stay calm.

Author — jhartz

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How many vacation do these incompetent buffoons take?
Seems like every freaking month they're on vacation. WTH!

Author — Bronzebk

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people hoping for CRUMBS while the Politicians get FAT off our taxes.

Author — Stephanie Drake

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Why does the livelihoods of Americans depend on election? Dude! We’re drowning here!!!

Author — Tier Arkhamus

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We're about 3 weeks from the election, no one was getting anything till after the election anyway. They've had _months_ to do something! What use are they again? Just figureheads who take _our_ money while we get nothing? That's what our taxes are supposed to be used for.

Author — Josh Davis

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I’m slightly sad about this not gonna lie because I was really, really, really looking forward to anything, but looks like it’s gonna be a while :/

Author — sk8punk318

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As someone is struggling with a grocery job after losing my very disheartening to see.... never felt more like a pawn then now

Author — Cool

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I’m not baffled by anything. How about just money and help for those hurting from the lockdowns and loss for employment?! Stop with all the extra special interests 💩 !! It’s WASTEFUL

Author — Scribble D.

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Covid or not, these politicians will never be unemployed! And they don't pay taxes. We are all slave here in America!

Author — Avu Tex

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This was a last hope for me. I have not gotten my first stimulus check. IRS says im eligible and still on the list but still no check. Lost my job because of covid and fighting with unemployment that does not want to give me my benefits. Company lied and said i quit when they laid off my whole department. My father had a stroke and is dying (I have to feed him, change his diapers, all of it) and im about to lose my home. Me and my wife and 2 yr old daughter are going to be out on the street. Im not out yet but close. Was really hoping our government would help. As they caused this. I am so close to putting my shotgun in my mouth. I know a lot of people are in the same position as me. I know no one cares but had to vent. God be with us all.

Author — Ginger Supreme