Trump tells Fox he wants bigger relief deal as Pelosi's deadline nears

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE on Tuesday made yet another appeal for Republican lawmakers to support an economic relief package higher than the $2.2 trillion proposed by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to take part in CNN town hall in Baltimore Manchin on finishing agenda by Halloween: 'I don't know how that would happen' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block MORE (D-Calif.), who cited Tuesday as the final day to agree on a deal before the elections.

"It’s very simple. I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats," Trump said on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. "Now, not every Republican agrees with me, but they will. But I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats, because this is money going to people that did not deserve what happened to them coming out of China.”

Such a deal remains highly unlikely. Trump has been pushing for weeks for Republicans to "go big," but GOP senators remain opposed to a price tag near $2 trillion.

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Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, predicted on Monday that it would be “hard” to get enough GOP support to pass a bill that would be $1.8 trillion or higher.

“Well, we’ll have to talk to Sen. Thune," Trump said on Fox News when presented with Thune's comments.

The president was dismissive of any fiscal concerns about a multitrillion dollar bill, claiming the money will eventually come back to the government and that it's better than unemployment and financial hardships Americans would otherwise endure.

Trump blamed Pelosi for stalled talks, suggesting the Speaker is holding up a relief package until after the Nov. 3 elections for political purposes. But Senate Republicans have refused to bring up a bill for a vote that already passed the House, and weeks of negotiations between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Former Treasury secretaries tried to resolve debt limit impasse in talks with McConnell, Yellen: report Menendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS MORE have yet to result in a deal.

"Now they are talking. Let’s see what happens," Trump said. "But I would rather go bigger than her number."

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Asked if he would accept a bill passed with mostly Democratic votes, Trump said he would take "all the votes you could get, whether it's Democrat or Republican."

Pelosi told ABC on Sunday that she had a 48-hour deadline to get a deal done with the White House if it is to be completed before the elections.

Even if the two parties are able to broker an agreement, top Senate Republicans have been noncommittal about bringing it up for a vote.

“Their natural instinct depending on how big it is and what's in it is probably going to be to be against it,” Thune said Monday.

Asked if a price tag between $1.8 trillion to $2.2 trillion would be too much, Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (R-Utah), while saying that he would want to know what’s in it, said “the answer is yes, that’s too high.”