White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow confirmed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has no intention of facilitating a coronavirus economic relief deal, and is “stringing us along.”
In a Thursday morning appearance on Fox News, Kudlow blasted Pelosi’s months-long refusal to compromise on a badly-needed coronavirus deal and revealed that the Speaker is attempting to place the blame for the delay on the White House.
Pelosi wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin this week that “your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue. Pelosi pressed in the letter, which Kudlow claimed was leaked to Politico before reaching the White House:
The President’s words that ‘after the election, we will get the best stimulus package you have ever seen’ only have meaning if he can get [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell to take his hand off the pause button and get Senate Republican Chairmen moving toward agreement with their House counterparts.
Kudlow told Fox that “Somehow, I guess it’s a mystery, that letter got to Politico before it got to the secretary. Our team now believes that the Speaker has no intention of compromising on key issues. She is stringing us along.”
It’s become clear that there will be no deal to provide economic relief to Americans that doesn’t unnecessarily waste taxpayer dollars on Democrat interests will not be agreed upon before election day.
“We have doubted her seriousness in the recent weeks,” Kudlow said of Pelosi. “We continued to negotiate in good faith. This letter that got public before it got to the secretary is the wrong, bad form. But most importantly, they show no evidence of compromising on the very key issues.”
Pelosi’s letter warned that if the White House doesn’t compromise, the American people will feel even further economic pain. Pelosi has attempted to push the blame on the Trump administration — despite summarily rejecting a number of White House proposals.
Kudlow explained that a large stimulus package isn’t necessarily key to economic recovery, but that “unemployment assistance, PPP [Paycheck Protection Program], small business assistance, helping the schools … could have helped a lot and it’s not going to happen.”