President Donald Trump, still undergoing treatment for COVID-19, unexpectedly stopped talks with Democrats on Tuesday about a package of assistance to the American economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The President’s tweet, in which Trump announced the termination of negotiations, scared investors, due to which stock indexes fell by 2%. Trump’s decision drew criticism from his rival in the upcoming elections – Joe Biden, Democrats in Congress, and even some Republicans, who said they needed to help millions of US residents who lost their jobs due to the crisis.
“The President has turned his back on you,” Biden tweeted about Trump’s decision.
Immediately after returning to the White House from the Walter Reed military medical center, where the President was treated for coronavirus, Trump abruptly canceled negotiations with democratic lawmakers on economic assistance, saying that the relevant law will be signed by him only after the end of the election, which, according to Trump, he will win.
“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiations until after the election, and immediately after I win, we will pass an important (economic) stimulus bill that focuses on hard-working Americans and small businesses,” Trump tweeted.
Meanwhile, support for Biden has increased by about 4 percentage points since mid-September, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted from Friday to Tuesday, with 52% of likely voters backing Biden and only 40% back Trump.
“Today, President Trump again showed his true colors by putting his interests first at the expense of the country,” said house speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, calling the situation in the White House “utter chaos.”
Republican Senator Susan Collins, who is now seeking re-election from Maine, called Trump’s decision to end the negotiations a “huge mistake.”
However, Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said he agreed with Trump’s decision. Speaking to reporters, McConnell said that the negotiations would not have led to real results in any case. “We need to focus on what is achievable,” the Senator said.