Slotkin: In halting COVID relief talks, president puts himself above needs of country

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, called President Trump’s decision on Oct. 6, 2020, to halt bipartisan negotiations on a COVID relief package a “cynical move to secure votes.”

“Three weeks ago, 25 Democrats and 25 Republican members of the Problem Solvers Caucus urged leaders from the House, Senate and White House to get back in a room and negotiate a COVID relief deal that our communities desperately need,” Slotkin said in a release.

“Since then, negotiations have, by all accounts, moved us closer to a compromise, and the negotiators were set to meet this afternoon. I cannot understand why the president would halt all negotiations until after the election except in a cynical move to secure votes.”

Slotkin said the move places the president above the needs of the country, and said it’s out of step with the mission of government, which is to help in moments of crisis.

“The people of Michigan are doing their part to weather these public health and economic crises,” Slotkin said. “The president should do the same.”

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