President Trump eyes ‘bigger package’ in stimulus talks
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Trump is looking for something bigger than Democrats or Republicans have offered.

President Donald Trump told conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh he would welcome a more robust stimulus package than has thus far been passed.

“I would like to see a bigger stimulus package, frankly, than either the Democrats or Republicans are offering,” the President said on Friday afternoon during a virtual rally event on Limbaugh’s syndication network.

While the President didn’t offer specifics for the size of the package he seeks, or what would be in the deal, Trump’s words are the latest narrative pivot in a debate that has led to more talk than action recently.

“I’d like to see it happen. A lot of people have been hurt by China. It isn’t these people’s fault,” Trump said in the second hour of the Limbaugh program.

“I’m going the complete opposite now, okay. I’m telling you this. I’m telling you something I don’t tell anybody else. Maybe it helps and maybe it hurts negotiations.”

“I would like to see a bigger package. I would like to see money going to people. It was not their fault China sent the plague. It wasn’t their fault. And China’s going to pay a big price.”

Trump’s comments came roughly contemporaneously with news that the President’s team is offering a $1.8 trillion stimulus deal as its latest proposal in negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Democrats want at least $2 trillion, and have passed a bill with $2.2 trillion of relief in it.

Even assuming the White House and the Democratic House of Representatives can find accord, there is reason for pessimism for the package’s chances in the U.S. Senate, where deficit hawks such as Florida Sen. Rick Scott have sounded alarms about runaway deficits and so-called “blue state bailouts.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Tjb

    October 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    China will pay for the package just like Mexico is paying for the wall. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Time for me to play The Who’s song —- Won’t Get Fooled Again

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I betcha Trump has been looking for “something” Bigger all of hims life! Lol. The steroids are completely making the grandiose trump perception Bigger! Amendment 25. Lock him in the bunker for his own sake! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  • Frankie M.

    October 9, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    I’m no mathmagician but last time I checked 2 is bigger than 1.8. It’s no surprise to me that Nancy has a bigger package than Donald. After all Hillary had bigger cojones too.

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