Trump Economic Adviser Says Voting Rights Isn't the President's 'Game,' Calls It 'Liberal Left' Wish List Item

White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said that some items Democrats have asked to be included in the next coronavirus economic stimulus package, such as financial assistance for state elections, are "liberal left wish lists" that President Donald Trump has no intention of approving.

Talks between Democrats and Republicans concerning the stimulus package ground to a halt in August with the two sides unable to reach common ground. While the Republicans have offered a package worth $1 trillion, the Democrats package carries a $3 trillion price tag. President Trump issued four executive orders for financial relief until lawmakers could reach an agreement on the final bill.

Thursday, the U.S. Senate adjourned until September. House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that if a situation arises where a deal is reached and a vote needs to be taken on a stimulus package, senators will be called back.

While speaking to CNBC's Jim Cramer on Thursday, Kudlow seemingly dismissed the proposal offered by Democrats. "So much of the Democratic asks are really liberal left wish lists, voting rights and aid to aliens and so forth," Kudlow said. "That's not our game and the president can't accept that kind of deal."

"We'll wait and see on the negotiations," Kudlow added. "Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is working on that but so far it's a stalemate."

Kudlow said that by issuing the executive orders, President Trump had "acted forcefully because we couldn't reach a deal with the Democrats. They're asking too much money."

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Thursday that negotiations between Republicans and Democrats over the next coronavirus economic stimulus bill were at a "stalemate." Drew Angerer/Getty

Out of the $3 trillion requested in the Democratic stimulus proposal, $25 billion is earmarked for the United States Postal Service (USPS). States would also receive $3.5 billion in election assistance. President Trump has said that the money will be used by Democrats to increase mail-in voting, a process he has claimed will lead to widespread election fraud.

"Universal mail-in ballots is going to be a great embarrassment to our country," Trump said during an August news conference. President Trump has also stated his preference that Americans cast their votes in-person and expressed his support of voters presenting photo identification at the polls.

In an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, Trump said Democrats want the funding "in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. Now, in the meantime, they aren't getting there. But if they don't get these two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting because they're not equipped to have it."

"If we don't make a deal, that means they don't get the money," Trump added. "That means they can't have universal mail-in voting. They just can't have it."

Democrats have encouraged mail-in voting because of the potential of community spread coronavirus at crowded voting sites. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that Americans "shouldn't have to choose between your health and the ability to cast your vote."

Newsweek reached out to Speaker Pelosi's office for further comment.

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