Trump called the negotiators three times Thursday evening while they were in Pelosi’s office. But he only spoke with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to Meadows.
The calls underscored the substantive relationship between senior leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties who are responsible for resolving health and economic crises.
The two have not spoken to each other since Pelosi got up and left for a meeting on October 16 after Trump cursed and cursed her as a “third-year politician.” Pelosi later said Trump had had a “crisis”.
Since then the House has impeached Trump, the President refused to shake his hand at the State of the Union, the speaker tore up her speech, the President told Fox that she was “one of the worst orators in the history of our country ”and repeatedly called her“ Mad Nancy ”.
In times of crisis, leaders usually put aside their differences. This does not happen. The two have not spoken even as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States exceeds 5 million, a quarter of the total cases worldwide.
Congress is now preparing to adopt the fifth in a series of emergency measures. One crucial provision – $ 600 more a week in unemployment benefits – expired on July 31, and another – the Paycheck Protection Program, which has helped keep millions of small businesses afloat – expired on July 8. August.
Pelosi negotiated with Mnuchin and Meadows – but talks broke down on Friday and turned into a finger-pointing, White House advisers urging Trump to go ahead with a series of executive orders.
Trump announced on Saturday that he would tour Congress to provide some of the additional unemployment benefits, consider temporarily suspending residential evictions, postponing the payroll tax paid by employees and extending student loan relief until at the end of the year. Some of the orders, however, could be unconstitutional and unable to deliver the aid promised by Trump.
On Monday, Mnuchin and Trump adopted divergent tactics to bring Democrats back to negotiation.
The Treasury Secretary told CNBC that the administration was “ready to put more money on the table,” expressing willingness to spend more than a trillion dollars in total, especially more on food aid than ‘she had initially offered it.
“I listened to the speaker over the weekend,” Mnuchin said. ” She’s right. We started to run out of food. We realize that there are a lot of children there. ”
They will “go down the list” on other issues, he added.
On Monday Trump mocked Pelosi and Schumer and said in a tweet, “They know my phone number! “