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

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix 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 PelosiSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe House Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' MORE and Cryin' Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel 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 to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' Trump said whoever leaked information about stay in White House bunker should be 'executed,' author claims 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book 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 MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election Democrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer MORE, the administration's lead negotiator, for failing to "come home with the bacon" so far. 

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