Donald Trump on Tuesday traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss a coronavirus economic stimulus package with Senate Republicans. Given the fact that any bill would have to be approved by the Democratic-led House, why didn’t Trump also meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)? “Trump and Nancy Pelosi aren’t exactly on speaking terms,” according to Politico, “so he’s deputized Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to handle talks with the speaker.”
House Democrats are already putting together its own bill funding paid sick leave for workers and lunches for students whose schools are closed during the outbreak.
Mnuchin “is going to have ball control for the administration, and I expect that will speak for us as well,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after meeting with Trump. “We’re hoping that he and the speaker can pull this together.”
On MSNBC Tuesday, CNBC’s Eamon Javers said the White House doesn’t think it “would end well” if Trump met with Pelosi.
“It’s a tragic statement that because he’s so wounded — I mean, we’re in the middle of a national crisis, and he can’t get in a room with the speaker of the House?” host Nicole Wallace asked. “What the White House would say is, that’s Pelosi’s fault,” Javers said. “Because she ripped up his speech, she’s been tough on him, she impeached him, and therefore the president has every right to not want to be in a room with her.”
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