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President Donald Trump indicated on Thursday that he was willing to increase his stimulus offer to an amount larger than $1.8 trillion, which Democrats rejected as insufficient.

“I would,” the president responded after being asked in a Fox Business interview if he’d raise his latest stimulus offer. “Go big or go home.”

The White House plan includes another round of $1,200 direct payments among other measures both Republicans and Democrats say is needed to prop up the economy.

Trump said he hasn’t signed onto the $2.2 trillion spending plan that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing for because he contended it contained numerous measures unrelated to the pandemic. “She wants money for things you could — your pride couldn’t let it happen,” he said.

“We like stimulus, we want stimulus. We think we should have stimulus,” he said, adding that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “has not come home with the bacon.”

The White House and Treasury Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more: Here’s what could be in Mitch McConnell’s $500 billion coronavirus stimulus bill set for a Senate vote next week

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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