Democratic candidate Joe Biden is unhappy with President Trump’s recent tweet saying he would halt a second coronavirus stimulus package until after the election.
Trump emphasized those comments in an interview Thursday with Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria” when he said he “shut it down” in reference to the stimulus talks, adding: “I don’t want to play games.” However, he added later that aid talks are ongoing.
A statement Tuesday on Biden’s website criticizes Trump’s move as an effort to use Senate time to confirm that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will cut people’s health care coverage.
“Make no mistake: if you’re out of work, if your business is closed, if your child’s school is closed, if you’re seeing layoffs in your community, Donald Trump decided today that none of it, none of that, matters to him.” the statement read.
Joe Biden added that Trump “wants the Senate to seize the moment to confirm his candidate for Supreme Court Justice before the election, in a mad rush to make sure the Court eliminates his health care coverage as quickly as possible.”
The president told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo that the White House is “starting to have very productive conversations” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “wants that to happen as well.”
“She doesn’t want it to not happen. I think she wants it to happen because it is very good for our country,” the president said, later adding that an airline bailout and a stimulus check of $ 1,200 per person for all Americans. similar to those sent in April are on the negotiating table.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress have stalled a stimulus package for the coronavirus for months; Republicans rejected the $ 3 trillion package and the $ 2 trillion aid packages from Democrats, while Democrats rejected aid proposals from Republicans amounting to less than $ 1 trillion.
Joe Biden’s statement went on to say that Trump “never really tried to come to terms with … the Americans.”
“Not once did he gather Republicans and Democrats in the Oval Office, over the phone or over Zoom, to get an aid package that would help workers and small businesses in this country,” the statement read. “Not once in the months since the House passed an aid package in May has it risen to the top.”