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Pelosi asked if steroids influenced Trump's decision on coronavirus relief

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (D-Calif.) in a call with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday floated the question of whether the steroids President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE is taking to treat his case of the coronavirus led to his decision to endorse parts of a coronavirus stimulus deal just hours after telling his negotiators to walk away from talks. 

“Believe me, there are people ... who think that steroids have an impact on your thinking. So, I don’t know,” Pelosi said on a call with Democrats after Trump's Tuesday night tweets, according to two sources.

“I do practice medicine on the side without benefit of a diploma, as a mother and a grandmother, but I hadn’t gone into mental health yet,” she said on the call. 

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Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Monday after a four-day stint there to receive treatment for the coronavirus, which he announced Friday he had contracted.

He is receiving a cocktail of therapeutics, including the steroid dexamethasone, which has shown to increase the survival rates of severely ill COVID-19 patients who require a ventilator or supplemental oxygen and can also cause mood swings.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding Pelosi’s remarks.

Trump on Tuesday night abruptly said he would support legislation for stimulus checks, help for the airline industry and small business loans just hours after he cut off talks on a broader coronavirus stimulus bill. 

“The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!” Trump tweeted Tuesday, referring to the coronavirus stimulus package passed in March.

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“If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” he added in a follow-up tweet, referring to Pelosi and also tagging White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Trump tests negative for COVID-19 on day of debate The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The three provisions touted by Trump had been among the measures being negotiated for a final relief package.

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Just hours earlier, Trump announced he had instructed his top aides to stop negotiating with Pelosi on a stimulus deal, accusing Democrats of “not negotiating in good faith.”

It was not immediately clear what fueled the reversal, but the walk-back came after stocks nosedived in response to the canceled negotiations and grumbling from airlines that had lobbied hard for billions of dollars in relief.

Pelosi had primarily been negotiating with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHillicon Valley: Treasury sanctions Russian group accused of targeting critical facilities | Appeals court rules Uber, Lyft must comply with labor laws | Biden: Countries that target US elections will 'pay a price' Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight Treasury sanctions Russian group accused of targeting US critical facilities with destructive malware MORE. While both had expressed confidence in recent days that progress was being made after talks were revived following a lengthy hiatus, they still remained billions of dollars apart on a final package, with Pelosi pushing for $2.2 trillion in relief and the GOP appearing reticent to go above $1.6 trillion.

The president has made the country’s economic recovery from its coronavirus-fueled recession a centerpiece of his reelection campaign, noting strong economic growth before the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year.

The country has successfully regained millions of jobs, but the recovery appears to have slowed. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent and 661,000 jobs were added in September, though economists had projected the economy would add 800,000 jobs last month.

— Scott Wong contributed to this report.