Trump defends move to halt relief talks, accuses Democrats of playing 'games'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE on Tuesday night defended his decision to halt talks with congressional Democrats over a coronavirus relief package, accusing them of not being serious in their negotiations.

"Crazy Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE and the Radical Left Democrats were just playing 'games' with the desperately needed Workers Stimulus Payments. They just wanted to take care of Democrat failed, high crime, Cities and States. They were never in it to help the workers, and they never will be!" he tweeted.


The tweet comes after he announced he was ordering his aides to halt talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on another stimulus package, punting a deal until after the election.

"I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business," Trump said.

The move was a sharp reversal from the weekend when Trump pushed for negotiators to reach an agreement, telling them to “GET IT DONE.”


The move marks a risky gamble in the final sprint to Election Day, essentially leaving economic progress in limbo as millions of Americans remain unemployed and businesses across the country remain shuttered.

Even if negotiators had been able to reach a deal, there were concerns in the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves two energy regulators, completing panel On The Money: Biden announces key members of economic team | GOP open to Yellen as Treasury secretary, opposed to budget pick | GAO: Labor Department 'improperly presented' jobless data Senate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary MORE (R-Ky.) that a stimulus package with a price tag of at least $1.6 trillion would have difficulty garnering the support of enough Republican senators to pass.

The decision was quickly condemned by Democrats, with Pelosi accusing Trump of shirking his responsibilities as president by shutting down talks to help millions of Americans hurting during a coronavirus-plagued economic downturn. 

“Today, once again, President Trump showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the country, with the full complicity of the GOP Members of Congress,” she said in a statement, adding that the White House “is in complete disarray.”