As Americans patiently wait on the status of a possible second stimulus check amid the pandemic, a new update may have put another direct payment on hold until after Nov. 3.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that he instructed his aides to cease negotiations on another round of COVID-19 relief.
His request asked that talks be halted until after the November 3 election.
Trump tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “not negotiating in good faith.”
“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 wrote.
He added: “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.”
The tweet refers to an offer put forth by the the White House last week for a COVID-19 relief bill totaling $1.6 trillion. Pelosi rejected the offer.
Pelosi responded with a barbed statements, saying, "US President Trump showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the country."
Last Thursday, House Democrats passed an updated version of the HEROES Act. despite there being no agreement on a deal between the House and the Trump administration
On Saturday, Pelosi said she was feeling “optimistic” about the possibility of additional stimulus checks despite President Donald Trumps’ positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
She admitted his positive test “changes the dynamic.”
"I think we’re coming to terms in terms of the money on crushing the virus finally, but it’s the language that is important," she said in an interview with MSNBC, per USA Today.
In a letter to House Democrats, she explained “negotiations with the Administration continue,” adding that she was "hopeful that an agreement would be reached soon.”
Trump’s tweets come just a few days after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said warned of potentially "tragic" economic consequences if additional stimulus is not provided.