House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday she anticipates striking a bipartisan economic relief deal with the Trump administration, suggesting that President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis could speed up an agreement.
“This kind of changes the dynamic because here they see the reality of what we have been saying all along — this is a vicious virus,” Pelosi said on MSNBC.
“I’m optimistic. I’m always optimistic,” she said, “We always have to find a path. That is our responsibility to do so, and I believe that we will.”
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday that Trump had inquired about the status of the talks this morning, just a few hours after Trump had announced his positive coronavirus test.
Pelosi’s comments came as she is in the midst of days of increasingly intense negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over a new stimulus bill that would have a price tag of somewhere between $1.6 trillion and $2.2 trillion.