JAMES ROSEN (SINCLAIR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER): President Trump returned to the White House from a Virginia golf outing Saturday afternoon without even the rudimentary outlines of a deal with congressional Democrats in place to extend unemployment benefits and provide other relief funds as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on.
ROSEN: President Trump blames House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for rejecting the various proposals he has put forward.
DONALD TRUMP (PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES): The Democrats view this as a political thing. They view it for November 3, and we don’t do it that way, we’re doing the right thing. So we want to get the money out, it’s a lot of money, and we want to get it done.
ROSEN: Pelosi however pointed out that the White House and GOP lawmakers have disagreed among themselves over whether to extend the $600 a week in jobless benefits that had helped sustain an estimated 30 million Americans, and which expired on Friday.
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): We are unified in our support for the $600. They are in disarray on -- many of their members in the Senate, Republican members don’t want any addition.
ROSEN: Still, Pelosi and Schumer insist on bundling the unemployment insurance with other items that are complete nonstarters for the Republicans.
STEVE MNUCHIN (TREASURY SECRETARY): The Democrats right now are insisting on over $1 trillion to the state and local governments. That’s something that we’re not going to do, to bail out those states that have financial issues. Mark Meadows and I will be back there every day until we reach an agreement.