defends his role in COVID talks and says he's open to restarting them

President Donald on Sunday indicated he was open to restarting negotiations with the Democrats after his advisers spent the day defending the questions that surrounded his executive orders designed to bring coronavirus relief. 

'I've been involved personally through my representatives,' he told DailyMail.com about his role in the talks with congressional Democrats. 

But he said it ‘works better’ than the negotiations were being done by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin as opposed to him taking a more direct role.

‘I think it actually works better if we do the way we're doing. We've got much of what we wanted, without having to give up anything,’ he said in response to a question from DailyMail.com. ‘You can’t beat the deal we made.’ 

A senior congressional Democratic aide told DailyMail.com there has been no contact made with Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. 

President Donald Trump on Sunday indicated he was open to restarting negotiations with the Democrats

President Donald on Sunday indicated he was open to restarting negotiations with the Democrats

President Trump walks off  Marine One in Morristown before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington D.C.

President walks off  Marine One in Morristown before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington D.C. 

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro defended Trump as 'the hardest-working president in history'

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro defended as 'the hardest-working president in history'

But argued his decision to sign executive orders put him in a better bargaining position. 

‘They’re much more inclined to make a deal now than they were two days ago,’ he said of Democrats

The president said he would speak to Pelosi if she wanted to call him. 

‘Yeah I’d talk to her,’ he said. ‘It was time to act,’ he said of his decision to sign the executive orders and memorandum. ‘We have to get money out to the people.’  

President spent the weekend in New Jersey for a combination of work, play and political glad-handling. He arrived at his Bedminister, New Jersey, golf club on Thursday evening and was seen playing golf on Friday morning by members who posted images on Instagram. 

On Saturday he signed his executive actions on COVID relief and then headed to Southampton for two fundraisers in the posh ocean-side town. One event was at the Hampton home of Donald Jr. and his girlfriend  Kimberly Guilfoyle while the other was the beach-front home of billionaire former hedge fund manager John Paulson.

Earlier Saturday the president played golf at his New Jersey club with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. 

On Sunday, he attended a fundraiser at the New Jersey beach home of his late friend Stanley Chera, who died of the coronavirus in April.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro defended as 'the hardest-working president in history.' 

'This is the hardest-working president in history,' he said Sunday on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'He works 24/7. He can be in Bedminster, Mar-a-Lago, the Oval Office, or anywhere in between. He can be at the Whirlpool factory like we were on Thursday, celebrating working men and women benefiting from tariffs. He's working 24/7.'

Navarro said the president was forced to take executive action because of partisan politics. 

'The problem here is Capitol Hill, the swamp. The two houses that are too far apart. I mean the Lord, and the Founding Fathers created executive orders, because of partisan bickering and divided government. That's what we have here,' he said. 

 

President Trump signed four executive actions designed to bring COVID relief

President signed four executive actions designed to bring COVID relief 

On Saturday, President signed four executive orders and memorandum that he said would expand supplemental unemployment benefits, ease a moratorium on evictions, suspend student loan repayments, and pause the payroll tax. 

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