‘I Will Sign Now!’: Trump Calls Pelosi To Stop The Excuses & Pass Stand-Alone Stimulus Clean Bill

Several hours after President Trump told congressional Republicans to stop negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over a new coronavirus-related stimulus bill, he resumed the talks appealing to her directly.

In a pair of tweets on Tuesday evening, he urged Pelosi to set aside her political differences with him and pass a clean stimulus bill.

“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!” Trump wrote.

The president continued: “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?”

Wednesday morning, Trump repeated the request: “Move Fast, I Am Waiting To Sign!”

“Pelosi has generally rejected taking a piecemeal approach to COVID relief,” the Associated Press reports. The report adds:

Last week, the White House said it was backing a $400 per week pandemic jobless benefit and dangled the possibility of a COVID-19 relief bill of $1.6 trillion. But that offer was rejected by Pelosi, who continued to take a hard line in the talks, including insisting on repeal of a $254 billion GOP business tax break passed in the March package as a way to finance additional relief.

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Pelosi had spoken with Mnuchin earlier Tuesday. After Trump’s tweets spiking the negotiations, Pelosi said Trump was “unwilling to crush the virus” and “refuses to give real help to poor children, the unemployed, and America’s hard working families.”

Trump broke off talks after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned earlier Tuesday that the economic recovery remains fragile seven months into coronavirus pandemic without further economic stimulus.

Stocks dropped suddenly on Wall Street after Trump ordered a stop to negotiations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung instantly from a gain of about 200 points to a loss of about 300 points.