Hours after President Trump said he instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to stop negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on a coronavirus relief bill, Trump tweeted that the House and Senate should "IMMEDIATELY" approve legislation giving $25 billion to the airline industry and $135 billion to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program.
"Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the CARES Act," Trump said. "Have this money. I will sign now!" He followed up with a second tweet saying if he is "sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?"
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that he ordered his 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." He claimed that Pelosi was 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."