Fox Host blasts Trump for failed stimulus bill: 'It looks like the president is the one to blame now'
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade is blaming President Donald Trump for the failed stimulus negotiations despite the president pointing his finger at Democratic lawmakers.
Kilmeade and his co-hosts weighed in on Trump's abrupt decision to kill negotiations for the next stimulus bill until "after" he wins the election. Trump's tweet not only caused an uproar but also crashed the stock markets just an hour after federal chairman Jerome Powell warned that "too little support would lead to a weak recovery, creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses."
"For the president to come out with a tweet like that with the markets still open just crashed the market and cost people a lot of money," Kilmeade said as he recalled Powell warning just an hour before Trump's abrupt tweet.
Kilmeade admitted that he believes the president just made his uphill battle for re-election even more difficult as he pointed out the stance House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) could take. Although the negotiations have hit a wall multiple times, the top-ranking Democrat could easily say that she and Republican lawmakers were still making a considerable effort to reach a deal. However, Trump was the one who abruptly ended negotiations, altogether.
"I actually think the president now has more pressure on him now than he had before his first tweet," Kilmeade explained, "because Nancy Pelosi clearly could turn around and say it's not my fault. I was having talks."
He added, "So it looks like the president is the one to blame now. I don't know how he has leverage."
Kilmeade's remarks came shortly after Trump's reckless tweet. At the time, the president tweeted, "I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business."
However, the president's whirlwind did not stop there. Hours after ending stimulus negotiations, he actually retweeted Powell's warning as he admitted the federal chairman he was correct.
True! https://t.co/ZJmcxG2CoO— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1602025239.0
...request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business. I have asked...
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
However, the president did not stop there. In the wee hours of the night, just hours after he tweeted ended negotiations and tweeted about Powell's remarks, Trump began negotiating with himself as he offered to send $1,200 stimulus checks to American workers in an effort to restart stimulus negotiations.
If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I a… https://t.co/2eeJL2YSN7— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1602037090.0
Trump's alarmingly impulsive behavior over the last several days has raised even more questions and concerns about his ability to lead. Many are calling for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, insisting Trump should not be in charge of decision making while on medications and steroids due to complications from coronavirus.