Blame game is afoot in Pelosi-vs.-Trump virus aid rhetoric

Donald Trump

At a rally in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night, Mr Trump acknowledged that coronavirus cases are rising in the Midwest but reassured his supporters that "they will go down very quickly".

Pelosi sent Mnuchin a letter faulting Republicans for the failed talks, which ground on for three months only to crater in the final days before the election.

"We're confident that we can get something in the coming weeks", White House spokeswoman Alyssah Farah told Fox News in an interview, pointing to continuing disagreement over additional aid for state and local governments, and over direct financial aid to individuals.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for a swift White House response over coronavirus stimulus disputes, showing a continuing partisan divide that's prevented Congress to pass a massive relief bill since April.

Earlier this month Trump instructed the House to stop negotiating on another stimulus package until after the election, which he said he would win, but later recanted and negotiations continued until Tuesday.

Mnuchin slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for sending a letter as a "political stunt" on Thursday, and shot back with his own account of the negotiations.

The House Speaker asserted, "We want to do it as soon as possible".

He added that he doesn't think the nation's economic recovery depends on another assistance package, but he does think that targeted spending "could have helped a lot, and it is not going to happen".

They say items like refundable tax credits for the working poor and families with children aren't directly related to fighting COVID-19 and charge that Pelosi has slow-walked the negotiations to deny Trump a victory in the run-up to Election Day. We'll hold the Senate.

Democrats have been pushing for a $2.2 trillion relief package while the White House wants a lower price tag of $1.9 trillion. HEROES 2.0 passed with a 214-207 vote but was never brought to the Senate floor for a vote and was not supported by any Republicans.

The reason why? Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has adjourned the Senate until November 9.

"For him to make these kinds of statements shows his lack of patriotism, his undermining of our elections while he allows foreign countries like his friend [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to undermine the integrity of our election, he himself is doing it as well", said Pelosi.