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Trump presses for big stimulus despite GOP opposition

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump speaks during an airport rally, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

President Donald Trump said Thursday he's willing to go higher than the $1.8 trillion stimulus package offered by his administration, even though Republicans on Capitol Hill have already thrown cold water on the idea.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Thursday he's willing to go higher than the $1. 8 trillion stimulus package offered by his administration, even though Republicans on Capitol Hill have already thrown cold water on the idea.

Trump told Fox Business' Stuart Varney Thursday morning that he said he does think there's a chance a stimulus deal could pass before the election, despite the dwindling time and stalled talks.

Citing mounting pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to secure a deal to help mitigate economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Trump said: "At some point, she might very well say, 'Hey, look I got to do this. '"

Asked why he wouldn't just agree to House Democrats' $2. 2 trillion offer, Trump blamed Pelosi for including "all sorts of goodies. "

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly rejected the "big" stimulus approach Trump says he's interested in securing.

"I'm proposing what we think is appropriate," McConnell said of Senate Republicans on Thursday.

The Trump administration has made several attempts to negotiate with House Democrats but Pelosi has so far rejected their offers claiming differences over state and local funding and other tax and spending pots.

Senate Republicans, in a private conference call over the weekend, also ripped the Trump administration's proposal as far too expensive and filled with policies they found objectionable, sources on the call told CNN at the time.

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