Nancy Pelosi’s impatience with Donald Trump’s behavior and actions are wearing thin. During an interview with C-SPAN, she took a jab at Trump as she and fellow House Democrats are pushing forward with a massive coronavirus relief package that will, in the end, need Trump’s signature.
It is expected that the House will pass the multitrillion-dollar effort to help Americans that have been hit hard by this economic and health crisis. However, the last relief package had broad partisan support, this legislation has become much more contentious.
During the C-Span interview host, Steve Scully asked Pelosi if Trump has played a role in the coronavirus legislation negotiations.
“I don’t have any idea what the President does,” Pelosi stated.
“He said that the House is on vacation,” Scully then responded.
“You know what — don’t waste your time or mine on what he says,” Pelosi responded.
“We are trying to get a job done for the American people in a way that brings people together,” Pelosi said. “We certainly have our differences of opinion. We have a strong agreement that we have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people.”
Trump and Republicans have not pushed for the latest round of coronavirus relief. During an interview, Trump’s Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, stated that the $1200 checks mailed out to Americans should last 10 weeks.
Trump hasn’t pushed for a second stimulus check for Americans because he’s convinced himself that as the country reopens the economic slump will end.
“We’re in no rush,” Trump said Friday of new legislation.
Trump has also been railing against Pelosi for keeping the House in recess during the pandemic because of health concerns. He has claimed the House is on an “endless vacation,” however. They have negotiated and passed four major pieces of coronavirus relief since March without being in regular session.
The Senate returned to Wahington his week just as several cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed within the White House including 11 Secret Service agents who have tested positive.
Pelosi postponed the return of the House this week on the advice of the Capital physician.
.@SteveScully: "Is the president part of these discussions? These negotiations?@SpeakerPelosi: "I don't have any idea what the president does."— CSPAN (@cspan) May 8, 2020
Scully: "He said that the house was on vacation."
Pelosi: "You know what, don't waste your time or mine on what he says" pic.twitter.com/qbQBMsmt67
Trump and Pelosi did not directly communicate in the past coronavirus relief packages. Trump had Mnuchin negotiated on his behalf.