Mnuchin asks Trump to make executive order on stimulus

WASHINGTON — White House negotiators say talks with congressional Democrats have fallen apart over a coronavirus stimulus package and they will recommend President Donald Trump take executive action this weekend on a number of programs aimed at helping Americans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., met for more than two hours Friday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in a last-ditch attempt to salvage discussions now in their second week. But the effort was fruitless, with both sides admitting they were at a standstill with no real pathway forward. 

“The president would like us to make the deal, but unfortunately we did not make any progress,” Mnuchin said after the two-hour meeting. “The chief and I will recommend to the president, based on our lack of activity today, to move forward with some executive orders.” 

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