White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered a bold prediction for the fate of stimulus negotiations on Monday, saying she believes Senate Republicans will eventually get on board with what President Trump wants in a next round, even as GOP leaders have been reluctant to support legislation as costly as what the Trump administration has offered Democrats.
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“I believe Senate Republicans will ultimately come along with what the president wants,” McEnany said Monday on Fox & Friends.
McEnany added that she believes Democrats are holding up stimulus negotiations—not Republicans—even as Trump’s position doesn’t seem clear.
The president said Tuesday he was pulling out of negotiations altogether, only to backtrack hours later and call for a “bigger stimulus package, frankly, than either the Democrats or Republicans are offering.”
Republican leadership in the Senate hasn’t yet responded to McEnany’s claim, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday a stimulus bill is “unlikely” before Election Day.
Republicans also balked at the $1.8 trillion stimulus package Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin proposed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday.
Democrats swiftly rejected the $1.8 trillion offer posed by Mnuchin on Friday. Pelosi has been adamant that Democrats will not support a new stimulus bill with a price tag below $2.2 trillion, the cost of the stimulus bill the House passed earlier this month.
After claiming he told aides to stop negotiating on stimulus until after the election last week, Trump has pivoted to pushing Republicans to come together on a bill as soon as possible, a sentiment he reiterated Monday.
“This past week, the President demonstrated very clearly that he has not taken the war against the virus seriously, personally or nationally,” Pelosi said in a statement Sunday about stimulus talks. “This attitude is reflected in the grossly inadequate response we finally received from the Administration on Saturday.”