Trump Could Block Stimulus As Lame Duck After Promising Post-Victory Deal

President Donald Trump has said he would pass a major new stimulus package if he were to win the election, though this prompts the question as to what his stance would be if he lost.

The president said Tuesday he had put an end to negotiations, which had been aiming to secure a bipartisan agreement.

"I have instructed my 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 wrote on Twitter.

However, should he lose to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, there would still be an interim period in which Trump would remain in the White House until his successor's inauguration.

With that point not being until January and the coronavirus crisis ongoing, it would look likely calls would continue for relief measures during that interim period.

If this situation were to occur—Trump would still have a sway over what could be implemented during the last months of his tenure.

"My guess is if he loses and he accepts that he's lost, he won't sign any bill out of spite," David Brockington, lecturer in politics and social science methods at the University of Plymouth, U.K., told Newsweek.

"Trump hasn't once appeared to place the interests of the nation over the interests of Donald J. Trump. Why should we expect him to change after the electorate rejects him?"

John Owens, professor of United States government and politics at the University of Westminster, U.K., told Newsweek if Trump loses he may "adopt a crash and burn strategy,"in regards to how he may approach negotiations while sitting as a lame duck president.

"Although much will depend on when he perceives he has lost, and concedes," he added, with Trump having previously refused to confirm he would accept the election result.

Richard Johnson, lecturer in U.S. politics and policy at Queen Mary University of London, similarly said that should Trump lose he would likely still want to block measures pushed by Democrats.

"If Trump loses, I imagine his priority will be on ensuring that he is viewed as martyr by his supporters," he told Newsweek.

"In that respect, I can't see him being willing to make concessions to Democrats on the aspects of their comprehensive stimulus bill with which he disagrees. So, I think we're still in this same fight."

Even if Trump were to win, opponents in Congress might still halt the ability for a bill of his desire to automatically pass.

While Trump has discussed what he would do after a victory, most polling is putting his rival Biden ahead of him.

The Democrat is leading in national polling and a number of key battleground states, with the indication of him winning both the popular vote and the Electoral College.

On stimulus, the last major bill, the CARES Act, was signed more than six months ago.

Since then, a consensus has grown among lawmakers and the public that further relief is needed.

Despite this, there have been disagreements between Democrats and Republicans, largely based around spending, which have seen a stalemate over a further bill.

Democratic figureheads, including Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have criticized Trump for ending the negotiations.

The White House and Republicans in turn have criticized the Democrats for a failure to compromise sufficiently on the price of a deal. The White House has also offered taking a piecemeal approach, with Trump stating he would happily sign a standalone deal on stimulus checks.

This approach has been rejected previously, with the Democrats wanting a comprehensive deal to be passed.

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President Donald Trump returns to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 05, 2020. He has spoken of passing a major new relief bill if he wins re-election. Win McNamee/Getty Images