He said he believed Pelosi “wants it to happen because it’s so good for our country that we really need it”.
Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have begun negotiations on an airline bailout bill. United and American put more than 30,000 workers on leave after federal payroll support measures expired last week.
Pelosi has not publicly advised that other issues beyond the airline’s aid are currently on the table after Trump on Tuesday in talks on a comprehensive aid bill that was priced between $ 1
But Trump said Thursday that other topics would also be discussed, including a new round of stimulus checks worth $ 1,200. The labor market is still weak. Another 840,000 Americans filed jobless claims last week, more than six months after the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States.
“We’re talking about airlines, and we’re talking about bigger business than airlines. We’re talking about a $ 1,200 per person deal, we’re talking about other things, ”Trump said. “But it’s not everyone’s fault, they tried to get things and we tried to get things and it didn’t go anywhere, I turned it off. I don’t want to play games. And then we reopened and I see the markets are doing well, but I think we have a really good chance of doing something. “
It remains highly uncertain whether an agreement on airlines or anything else can be reached. The talks had raged on for months, but ultimately, Congress and the administration have not been able to reach an agreement since the spring when they passed around $ 3 trillion in aid.
Several programs approved at this time have now expired, including improved unemployment insurance for individuals. It’s not clear if Congress Democrats would be willing to back a deal that only helped airlines, although Pelosi spotted some lawmakers at a Wednesday night meeting, some of whom were open to the idea because of the jobs ahead to chat.
The Cares Act of March included an airline payroll support program that expired on October 1. The Democrats have tabled an approximately $ 25 billion bill to renew the program.
Trump started within hours on Tuesday after he announced he would end talks and asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) To focus on filling the Supreme Court position instead. A number of Republicans in tough re-election races immediately criticized Trump’s move and urged him to re-engage.
Pelosi has turned down the idea of another round of stimulus checks without broader relief.
“The president just wants his name on a check,” the spokesman told reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday. “And not that – we’re here to honor our heroes, to destroy the virus, to put money in the pockets of the American people without a check with their name on it.”
However, Trump said he was confident the talks would bear fruit, despite commenting that Pelosi “is not my favorite person, she accused me for no reason”.
At the same time, Trump administration officials and Congressional Republicans have been discussing a new package of legislation that could include $ 1,200 stimulus checks, small business support, and financial assistance to the airlines, according to three people granted anonymity to discuss internal considerations . These are the guidelines that Trump identified as priorities in his tweets, which abandoned broader stimulus testing earlier this week, as well as on Fox News Thursday morning.
It was unclear what would become of the new effort, as Democrats are unlikely to endorse laws that exclude aid to the unemployed as well as state and local governments. The push could be aimed at forcing Senate Democrats to cast difficult votes to reject widely popular forms of financial incentives. However, it could also be rejected by conservative Republicans who are skeptical about spending more federal funding on fighting the virus.
Larry Kudlow, the president’s chief economic advisor, told Fox News Thursday that the government needs Congress to approve additional unemployment benefits and assistance to schools. He noted that the government had approved unilateral measures to boost unemployment benefits, but said, “It won’t last forever.”
“The president believes we should move to standalone bills to get the key points,” said Kudlow. “These are important, targeted areas of support that would strengthen the economy.”