House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she will be talking Thursday with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — but she downplayed chances for restarting stalled coronavirus relief talks.
“We’re not budging. … They’re just going to have to come up with more money,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference.
Democrats and administration officials were hundreds of billions if not trillions of dollars apart when talks broke down earlier this month. Pelosi said she was merely returning Meadows’s call.
“It could be a very short conversation,” she said. Pelosi also dismissed Meadows’s role in the talks, saying that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was the lead negotiator and referring to Meadows as “whatever his name is.”
Meadows adviser Ben Williamson responded to Pelosi’s comments by saying, “Bless her heart.”