Trump says Democrats aren't 'giving enough' in coronavirus bill talks

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE said Friday that he didn’t support House legislation to assist families impacted by the coronavirus, saying House Democrats weren’t “giving enough.” 

“We just don't think they’re giving enough, we don’t think the Democrats are giving enough,” Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden when asked about his opinion of the House legislation. “They didn’t agree to certain things.” 

Trump seemed to suggest that a deal was still possible but unlikely. The president did not elaborate on the hang-ups over the legislation. 


“We could have something,” Trump added. “They’re not doing what’s right for the country.” 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' Pelosi says House won't cave to Senate on worker COVID-19 protections MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Supreme Court upholds NY prosecutors' access to Trump's tax returns, rebuffs Congress | Trump complains of 'political prosecution' | Biden rebukes Trump, rolls out jobs plan Mnuchin: Next stimulus bill must cap jobless benefits at 100 percent of previous income Why Trump can't make up his mind on China MORE have been negotiating for several days to nail down a bipartisan agreement to help Americans impacted by the coronavirus. 

Pelosi delivered remarks in the Speaker's balcony in the Capitol roughly an hour before Trump was slated to speak in the Rose Garden, touting the House bill provisions that offer paid sick leave, bolster unemployment benefits and provide school lunches to children from underprivileged families.

She signaled the House would pass the bill with or without Trump’s support and made no comment on the president's lack of support for the legislation. 

"The American people expect and deserve a coordinated science-based and whole-of-government response to keep them and their loved ones safe — a response that puts families first to stimulate the economy," Pelosi said. "Today we are passing a bill that does just that."

Shortly after 4 p.m., while Trump was still addressing reporters in the Rose Garden, Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke again twice by phone in search of a deal — their 10th and 11th conversations of the day. 

Trump earlier Friday renewed his push for a payroll tax cut on Twitter, something that has prompted opposition from members of both parties in Congress.

It's unclear, however, if the payroll tax issue is one of the hurdles preventing a deal. Republicans lawmakers have criticized other elements of the Democrats' proposal, particularly the expansion of paid leave, which they fear will harm small businesses.