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

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says 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) WallaceMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure 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 TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE has said a payroll tax cut must be part of any further stimulus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP acknowledges struggle to bring down Biden Pew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' 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.”