Amid Stimulus Impasse, Trump Says He'll Talk to Pelosi 'At The Right Time'

President Donald Trump said he will talk directly with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in regards to economic stimulus "at the right time," amid a continued stalemate in reaching a bipartisan agreement on a package of support.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have discussed the issue with Pelosi, as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), but have thus far failed to settle on a compromise.

Commenting on the stalemate during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday, Trump was asked why he did not meet with the Speaker and "hammer it out in the Oval Office."

To this, Trump said: "Because they know exactly where I stand. At the right time, I'll do right, but they know exactly where I stand.

"What they want is a bailout of Democrat-run states that are doing poorly, and, you know, I don't think this is the right way to go about it."

Asked if he will be calling the speaker and if they could secure a deal, he said: "At the right time, yes."

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Talks between the Democratic figureheads and White House representatives have persistently deadlocked, with each side suggesting the other needs to further compromise.

Trump has suggested the Democrats do not want a deal as it might boost his election chances. Democratic leaders have in turn insisted that proposals from the White House and GOP have simply not been sufficient in their opinion.

Pelosi previously said she does not necessarily think speaking to Trump directly would be conducive to reaching an agreement.

Speaking on MSNBC, she said: "Quite frankly, my experience with the President is it hasn't been on the level. You know, he'll say something, then it doesn't really happen. So, in the interest of time, we'll work with who he sends over to—if he has their—if they have his confidence, then we'll work with them on these issues."

Suggesting Trump might agree to something then walk away, stating he had done so in the past, she said: "So, I don't find it a good use of time."

Despite this stance on speaking to Trump, she said that she and colleagues are "committed to staying here until we have an agreement, an agreement that meets the needs of the American people," when asked about the situation on CNBC.

Newsweek has contacted the White House and Pelosi for comment.

Congress has also persistently stalled in securing support in both the Senate and the House for a bill.

The Democrats' HEROES Act passed the House in May but was then branded dead on arrival in the Senate, while Democrats have since opposed a so-called skinny bill proposed by the GOP in the upper chamber. Lawmakers have suggested a deal being passed before the election is increasingly unlikely.

A bipartisan proposal from the House Problem Solvers Caucus has since been put together, touted as a means of pushing forward discussions on a bill. This proposal would include another round of stimulus checks, one point of agreement from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

A major discrepancy between the Democrats and Republicans has been spend.

The Democtrats' HEROES Act was worth around $3.4 trillion, while the GOP wanted to cap spending at around $1 trillion. The skinny proposal pitched around $500 billion in spending while the White House suggested $1.3 trillion.

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U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the stage after speaking at a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. He has said he would speak to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in regards to stimulus "at the right time." Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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