House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has effectively ruined her chances of making a deal with Republicans on coronavirus relief before Election Day.
According to Breitbart, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said Friday the White House feels like Pelosi is “stringing us along” when it comes to striking a deal on relief for the American people as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.
Kudlow’s comments came just hours after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin similarly slammed Pelosi, who he accused of pulling a “political stunt” with a letter she sent both to him and to the press.
“It’s a very odd story”
Kudlow, for his part, made his remarks on Friday’s episode of Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street on Fox Business.
“It’s a very odd story, Speaker Pelosi, who speaks to Mr. Mnuchin every day, for about the last three months, decides to send a letter,” Kudlow said, according to Breitbart. “Mysteriously, Maria, the letter got published in Politico before Secretary Mnuchin got hold of it. That’s a rather odd case.”
Mnuchin had explained in a response to Pelosi that the House speaker sent the letter to him at midnight, when he was asleep, while at the same time releasing it to the press.
The result: Mnuchin woke up to find the letter in the headlines before he found it on his desk.
“She will not compromise”
Kudlow drew from this strategically timed letter what appears to be a fair conclusion: “Regrettably, our team believes now that the speaker is not negotiating in good faith,” he told Bartiromo, according to Breitbart.
“She will not compromise on key issues,” Kudlow added of Pelosi. “She is still stringing us along, running out the clock until the election. That’s what our view is right now.”
Mnuchin, meanwhile, was a bit more blunt, accusing Pelosi outright of playing political games and “inaccurately” describing the nature of the ongoing negotiations.
“While you accuse the Administration of holding up negotiations,” Mnuchin wrote to the House speaker, “you refuse to bring to the floor of the House stand-alone legislation to support Airline workers, additional Paycheck Protection Program payments to small businesses, and additional Direct Payments that we can fund using already approved money that we have not spent. Your ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW.”
President Donald Trump has routinely accused Pelosi of holding up coronavirus relief out of a fear that such a measure could help Republicans win in the upcoming elections. “After the election, we’ll get the greatest stimulus package you’ve ever seen,” the president promised last week, according to the New York Daily News.