Everyone in Washington appears to be on the same page when it comes to the coronavirus. Lawmakers understand that there needs to be swift and bold action to help stop the spread of the virus as well as counteract the effects the virus has on the economy.
There is one thing that is complicating negotiations in Washington and that is Donald Trump. Apparently he is having a meltdown over the prospect of having to negotiate one on one with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Those close to the situation say that Trump suspects that Pelosi will use the situation to try and humiliate him.
According to a report by the Daily Beast, two senior Trump administration officials close to Trump have stated that he has an “intense bitterness” toward Pelosi and does not want to be in the same room with her.
Instead, of being presidential and dealing with the issue Trump has deputized prominent lieutenants to handle the negotiations.
“At this time, the president does not see it as productive to [personally] negotiate directly with Nancy Pelosi,” a senior administration official stated. “For now, it’s best for her to deal directly with Sec. Mnuchin and others in the administration.”
“When you’re in the middle of a public health crisis, you don’t need that kind of theater,” this official added.
During a recent meeting, Trump stated that he didn’t want to “waste my time with Nancy” and other Democratic leaders given how “horrible Pelosi has been lately.” Later in the same meeting, Trump referenced Pelosi tearing up his State of the Union speech.
Pelosi and Mnuchin have reportedly spoken several times in the past week and even met in person on Tuesday at Pelosi’s office. Trump has not spoken to either Pelosi or Rep. Chuck Schumer about the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday it is expected that House Democrats will unveil a package that targets their specific coronavirus relief priorities, which includes “expanding paid sick leave and unemployment insurance, beefing up federal labor protections for health care workers, and broadening access to food stamps and free school lunches.”
Reportedly, Trump has already stated that he will not back any Democratic-endorsed measures.