Trump: No More COVID-19 Aid, Including Billions for Schools, Until After I Win
October 8, 2020
President Donald Trump has declared that he won't agree to a new coronavirus relief package before the Nov. 3 election, a potentially big setback for schools and educators who've hoped for months for additional aid from Washington.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump said he told administration officials involved in coronavirus talks with Congress to stop negotiating with lawmakers. He said that "immediately after I win," he would restart talks to pass a relief bill focused on "hardworking Americans and Small Business." He also attacked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., by saying she had not engaged in COVID-19 relief talks in good faith.
Trump did not say what he planned to do if he loses the presidential election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden. If he loses the election, his defeat could remove a key motivation for agreeing to a deal. And that might leave schools without the assurance of more federal relief as they start their spring terms.