With more than 200 thousand dead and millions more left unemployed due to the virus that's upended daily life in the United States for virtually all of 2020, Americans are urging Congress to pass another stimulus.
Congress passed the CARES Act back in March, which was signed by President Donald Trump and sent most American adults $1200 in relief money.
Six months later, that money has largely evaporated and Americans need more relief.
Stalled talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and White House liaisons regarding the relief bill had largely stalled but were recently revived and making progress, only for Trump to call them off.
On Tuesday, Trump announced that he instructed his representatives to stop negotiations with Pelosi, assuring that he would push through a stimulus package after the November election, which he believes he'll win.
Trump went on to say that he's instructed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to instead prioritize confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Trump's instructions to McConnell are at odds with the concerns of the American people, 74 percent of whom called for Congress to take up additional pandemic relief before focusing on Barrett's confirmation.
Pelosi responded to the news by calling out the President.
The statement reads in part:
"Today, once again, President Trump showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the country, with the full complicity of the GOP Members of Congress. Walking away from [virus] talks demonstrates that President Trump is unwilling to crush the virus, as is required by the Heroes Act."
Like Pelosi, people were livid that Trump refused to continue relief talks until after the election.
Others were confused at how this move could possibly be politically beneficial for the President with less than a month before the November election.
The U.S. presidential election is on November 3rd.