President Donald Trump has approved revised relief package worth $1.8 trillion to help the United States recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, which was a result of negotiations with congressional Democrats.
“The president has just recently met with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin,” White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said on Saturday in an interview with Fox Business Network.
“The president has approved a revised package. He has approved a revised package. He would like to do a deal,” he added.
“It will be relatively broad-based. But I can’t go through details. That’s going to be hashed out in the discussions,” the White House official said.
Mnuchin of the US Treasury is expected to discuss the $1.8-trillion Covid-19 relief proposal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi possibly before or during the coming weekend, the The Wall Street Journal said.
The Democrats-controlled House last week passed a $2.2-trillion relief bill that might not get support from Senate Republicans. The Trump administration previously offered the House a package worth approximately $1.6 trillion.
The new offer of the White House came after Pelosi, a staunch Trump critic, rejected moving forward a standalone bill to provide new aid to US airlines without a bigger Covid-19 relief package.
“I have been very open to having a single, standalone bill for the airlines for part of a bigger bill. But there is no standalone bill without a bigger bill,” Pelosi said earlier.
Republican Trump has been cold with Democrats over the Covid-19 relief issue, but still pushed for legislation to aid airlines and small businesses. The incumbent is also recovering from a bout with Covid-19 and exhibited some unacceptable behavior that also got the ire of his critics, including Pelosi.
With November 3 US presidential polls just around the corner, whether the proposed $1.8-trillion package could be approved remains to be seen.