Trump: Pelosi and Schumer ’Not Interested’ in Helping People in Need
'They are absolutely obstructionists,' the president said
President Donald Trump blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), calling them “obstructionists” who are not “interested” in helping needy American workers.
Speaking to Breitbart News, Trump said he needs to continue coronavirus economic recovery aid through an executive order because “we have obstructionists on the other side.”
“Because Nancy Pelosi and Cryin’ Chuck are absolutely obstructionists,” Trump said.
“All they wanted to do was to get money to bail out Democratic cities and states that have been run poorly," Trump said.
"They want bailout money. The bailout money is about a trillion dollars, and it’s unacceptable.
"That’s about 90 percent of what they wanted.”
Trump also said Pelosi and Schumer were adamant about using the bailout money for the creation of a mail-in-voting system, which would result in a “rigged election.”
“In addition, they wanted money so that the election would end up being rigged. It would be a rigged election,” Trump said.
“This would be a rigged election. This is going to be one of the great messes of all time if they’re allowed to do it if the courts don’t stop it. So we’ll see what happens.”
The president was asked if Pelosi should call Democrats back to Washington and allow them all to go home on recess—to continue negotiations, Trump said the Democrats were not interested in helping people in need.
“She wasn’t interested in the people,” Trump said.
“She wasn’t interested in anything other than getting bailout money for her friends who are doing a bad job running the cities and states," he added.
"Every one of those—practically every one of them is in trouble.”
Trump also agreed with the notion Democrats are willing to hurt people to achieve their political agenda.
“Yeah, I guess—it depends on your definition of hurt,” Trump said.
“But certainly they’re doing things that are inappropriate. It’s pretty terrible.”
“We want to get money to the people,” Trump said.
Trump, on Saturday, signed a series of four executive orders.
One sets up a system that redirects emergency funds to be used to continue an additional $400 per week in unemployment payments.
The second includes a payroll tax cut.
The third defer student loan payments further.
The fourth-order delays evictions for those still struggling in the pandemic.
Trump explained the payroll tax cut and the additional $400 per week in unemployment payments, adding that he would have wanted to do more than the $400 per week if it was for obscuration from Pelosi and Schumer.
“Number one, the payroll tax cut is great. It’s a double—it’s employer and employee,” Trump said.
“We already got one covered, and now the other one is covered. So the payroll tax cut is a very big thing. Getting the money to the people is a very big thing, so we’re at 400, and the reason you can’t go higher than that is because they’ll need more money," Trump added.
"We have a certain amount of money. So we’re giving as much as possible. But the reason we can’t go higher is because we would need additional funds. You understand?”
The president also weighed in on his cuts prescription drug prices.
“You know something else we’re doing is prescription drug prices,” Trump said.
“That’s separate but not really separate. We need a favored nations clause, so whatever the country that’s paying the lowest price in the world, the United States has to match. Meaning they have to match as a price for the United States," he said.
"That could bring down drug prices by 70 percent—seven oh.
"You ever hear that one before? Plus we do the rebates, plus we do the buy from other countries, like Canada buys for much less than the U.S. So Florida would be able to go out and buy their prescription drugs from Canada at 50 percent lower than they pay to a drug company for the exact same prescription.
"By the way, do you have any idea how big that is? Nobody has any idea.”
Pelosi slammed President Trump's executive orders to help American workers earlier this week.
Speaking during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Pelosi called the move “absurdly unconstitutional.”