(FreedomJournal.org)- There are some people in the White House who think the Democrats are purposefully taking a hard-nosed stance in negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus package.
Peter Navarro, the trade adviser to the White House, is one of them.
On Sunday, he questioned whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stalled negotiations on purpose so that the economy would tank. Doing so, Navarro surmised, would make Republicans and President Donald Trump look bad leading up to November’s election.
Speaking on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Navarro said:
“There is this theory … that the Democrats would prefer to see the economy go into the tank for another 90 days because that harms the president. I hope that Capitol Hill hasn’t become that cynical. But watching these negotiations makes me wonder, because we’ve been willing to bend.”
Talks between the two Democrats, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows stalled on Friday. That prompted the president to sign executive orders that would provide Americans with some relief while a deal is still being hashed out.
Among the four executive orders is an extension of the federal boost to unemployment benefits at $400 per week. The other orders enact a payroll tax holiday through the end of 2020 for people who earn less than $100,000, eviction protections for both homeowners and renters, and an extension of student loan relief.
Democrats and Republicans are still at least $1 trillion apart in negotiations. While Democrats reduced their ask from $3 trillion to $2 trillion, Mnuchin said that was still a “non-starter.” Republicans are looking for a package closer to the $1 trillion.
In response, Pelosi went off on Republicans and Trump on Sunday, saying:
“What the president did doesn’t even accomplish what he sets out to do in the categories that he did. But we said to them, we’ll come down a trillion, you go up a trillion. Meet us halfway, and we’ll be able to have an agreement that meets the needs of the American people.”
Pelosi claims the Republicans’ proposal falls well short of what Americans actually need. She continued:
“How do you justify tens of billions of dollars to feed the hungry to $250,000? You understand how far apart we are, just by that example.”
Navarro, though, said Trump is “working on behalf of the American people” at a time when Congress can’t come to an agreement.
“What we’ve got here is the failure of talks and the president taking action on forefronts to help for discrete groups,” he said.
Navarro also was not happy that Pelosi brought details of what should have been private negotiations into the public view.
“You don’t do them here on TV,” Navarro said. “You don’t do them on Capitol Hill in the rotunda like Nancy Pelosi does. You do it with sincerity. You have to have both sides willing to make a deal. I know a deal can be done if you just go by that rule.”