Navarro also called Trump the hardest working president in history when confronted on Trump's latest golf weekend amid stalled coronavirus relief negotiations.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro continued his reputation for saying outrageous things on Sunday, claiming the Lord created executive orders to cut through partisanship and calling Donald Trump the hardest-working president in history when confronted on Trumps latest golf weekend.
Amid stalled coronavirus relief negotiations between Democrats, Republicans, and the White House, the president issued a series of executive actions and memos from his New Jersey golf club this weekend. The potentially illegal orders Trump signed reduces the unemployment benefit bonus to $400 a week, requires states to fund 25 percent, provinces a payroll tax holiday, and calls for a continued eviction moratorium.
Appearing on NBC News Meet the Press to defend the presidents orders, Navarro was asked by host Chuck Todd whether hes confident that the orders will stand up to legal scrutiny since Congress is the branch tasked with budgetary powers.
The Trump aide then shifted course and laid blame for the stalled negotiations at Democrats feet, taking personal potshots at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while suggesting Democrats purposely want a coronavirus relief package to fail.
The question the president has is whether the Democrats really are sincere when they come to the table, and Im not sure, he huffed. It doesnt help when Speaker Pelosi goes out after every day, with her scarves flying and just beats the heck out of us for being cruel people.
Todd, meanwhile, followed up by pressing Navarro on the presidents own role in the failed negotiations.
Where is the president? Why was he at his golf club all weekend? Todd wondered aloud. Why isnt he negotiating? Look, I understand you guys dont like each other, that Nancy Pelosi and the president where is he? Why isnt he involved?
You have to understand this is the hardest-working president in history, Navarro shot back. He works 24/7.
After that bit of obsequiousness, Navarro insisted the real problem is the swamp in Washington before heaping praise on executive ordersa tool the president had previously derided when used by his predecessor.
The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders because of partisan bickering and divided government, Navarro exclaimed. Thats what we have here, but the president has taken action.
His constituency is mainstream Republicans and blue-collar Democrats and independents who are sick and tired of the swamp and he reached out and he took action, he added. He didnt have to he could have just let this keep going, and he did not. He took action, action, action, and action.