Mnuchin on further stimulus: 'We're willing to spend whatever it takes,' but it needs to be done 'carefully'

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinSuspect in Khashoggi murder arrested The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Mnuchin and McConnell discuss debt limit during brief meeting MORE said on Sunday that the White House is willing to do “whatever it takes” to provide economic stimulus but said the Trump administration wants to wait before providing any further aid to states.

“What the president and I are now saying is, we spent a lot of money. A lot of money is not even into the economy yet,” Mnuchin told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAudie Cornish hired by CNN, will host show and podcast on streaming service The five biggest media stories of 2021 News networks see major viewership drop in 2021 MORE on "Fox News Sunday."

“Let’s take the next few weeks” to allow the aid to take hold, he added.

“We just want to make sure that before we jump back in and spend another few trillion of taxpayers’ money that we want to do it carefully,” Mnuchin said. “We’re willing to spend whatever it takes. but whatever it takes needs to be done carefully.”

Mnuchin said the White House remains committed to including a payroll tax cut in a later relief bill, despite criticism that such a cut would be of limited use to Americans out of work.

While President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE has said a payroll tax cut must be part of any further stimulus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (R-Ky.) has said Senate Republicans will insist on liability protections for businesses that reopen against lawsuits from customers or workers who contract the coronavirus.

The Treasury secretary on Sunday also echoed Trump on state aid, saying, “We’ve been very clear that we’re not going to do this just to bail out states that are poorly managed.”