Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism

President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE on Wednesday threw cold water on the prospects of a coronavirus relief deal coming together quickly, just hours after his own top aides projected optimism that negotiations were moving in the right direction.

"Just don’t see any way Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE and Cryin' Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerManchin firm on support for filibuster, mulls making it 'a little bit more painful' to use Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE will be willing to do what is right for our great American workers, or our wonderful USA itself, on Stimulus," Trump tweeted of the top two Democrats in Congress.

The president again cited Democrats' push for state and local aid as a major hurdle. He has repeatedly decried such funding as a bailout for Democratic-run states.


"Should take care of our people. It wasn’t their fault that the Plague came in from China!" Trump tweeted.

The president's message undercuts his own aides, who have been negotiating for weeks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in hopes of reaching an agreement to provide economic relief to Americans and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Earlier Wednesday, chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump attacks Karl Rove: 'A pompous fool with bad advice' How scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses MORE said the discussions had entered a "new phase" as the White House and Democratic negotiators attempted to find common ground on key issues.

"I am optimistic," Meadows said. "We do share one goal, and that is hopefully to get some kind of deal in the next 48 hours or so."

“We are still apart, still a number of issues to work on, but the last 24 hours have moved the ball down the field," he added.

White House communications director Alyssa Farah said later Wednesday that officials were optimistic there could be “some movement” on a potential deal within 48 hours.

The president has been at odds with members of his own administration and top Senate Republicans over the contours of a possible economic relief deal. He has repeatedly urged the GOP to "go big" and said he would support a price tag higher than Pelosi's proposal of $2.2 trillion, despite Republican senators showing little interest in such a hefty top line.

Trump last week chided Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinBiden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears MORE, the administration's lead negotiator, for failing to "come home with the bacon" so far. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly cautioned the White House against agreeing to a deal with Pelosi before Election Day on Nov. 3, arguing that it could disrupt the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettWe need a voting rights workaround Barrett authors first Supreme Court majority opinion against environmental group Justices raise bar for noncitizens to challenge removal from US after conviction MORE.