Pelosi suggests Trump’s medications are altering his decisions; ending negotiations sets off attack

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President Donald Trump abruptly called off negotiations with Congress over a potential coronavirus relief bill Tuesday, leading to concerns that he was making “a huge mistake” and speculation that his thinking was being affected by medications.

In tweets posted Tuesday afternoon, the president complained that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking an exorbitant $2.4 trillion package “to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19.”

He added that she’s “not negotiating in good faith,” as demonstrated by her refusal to even consider his $1.6 trillion counter-proposal, and thus he’s “instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election.”

In the meantime, he continued, he’d like Republicans to focus on approving Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the high court.


While the president didn’t mention it, another problem with the Democrats’ proposal is that it contains a slew of additional demands entirely unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic, including a request for stimulus checks for illegal aliens:

In response to the president’s announcement, Pelosi issued a statement accusing him of “putting himself first at the expense of the country” and also reportedly speculated that the medication he was currently taking for the virus was affecting his thinking.

“On a Democratic call, reacting to the President abruptly breaking off stimulus talks, Speaker Pelosi questioned whether Trump taking a steroid was impacting his thinking, according to two people on the call,” CNN’s Manu Raju reported.

On the other side of the political aisle, Republicans began coming out either in support of the president’s move or against it, as was the case with Sen. Susan Collins, who’s also expressed reluctance about confirming Barrett to the high court.

“Waiting until after the election to reach an agreement on the next Covid-19 relief package is a huge mistake,” Collins said in a statement.

Rep. John Katko concurred, writing in a statement of his own, “I disagree with the President. With lives at stake, we cannot afford to stop negotiations on a relief package. The Problem Solvers Caucus has a proposal that both sides agreed on and can bring negotiators back to the table. I strongly urge the President to rethink this move.”

Some commentators have opined that saying no to a deal that could potentially put money in the hands of the American people is bad enough — but that pursuing such a move right before an election could very well cost the president everything.

However, GOP congressmen who support the president’s decision have argued that no amount of negotiation would have ever produced a result because of Pelosi’s pigheaded refusal to negotiate in good faith.

The president responded to the support and criticism late Tuesday by issuing an additional statement saying he’d support a stand-alone bill to provide every American with another $1,200 stimulus check.

He also posted a tweet showing rare support for Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, who’d reportedly issued a call earlier that day for more stimulus money.


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