Biden pounces on Trump decision to end COVID-19 relief talks

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE on Tuesday for rejecting further talks on a COVID-19 stimulus bill until after the election.

In a statement, the former vice president said Trump "turned his back" on first responders and U.S. businesses and accused him of caring more about securing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in the weeks ahead.

"Make no mistake: if you are out of work, if your business is closed, if your child’s school is shut down, if you are seeing layoffs in your community, Donald Trump decided today that none of that — none of it — matters to him," said Biden.


"There will be no help from Washington for the foreseeable future. Instead, he wants the Senate to use it’s time to confirm his Supreme Court Justice nominee before the election, in a mad dash to make sure that the Court takes away your health care coverage as quickly as possible," he continued.

The blistering remarks come as the president indicated in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon that there would be no deal with House Democrats until after the election and blamed House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVaccinated lawmakers no longer required to wear masks on House floor Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (D-Calif.) for the breakdown in talks.

"Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith," he wrote.

"I have rejected their request, and looking to the future of our Country. 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," the president added.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been discussing the prospect of a second major COVID-19 stimulus package, though the prospect of a final bill had seemed far off. House Democrats have passed several bills that Senate Republicans have refused to take up, citing an inability of their caucus to support the high price tag of the Democrats' bills.