Stephen MooreStephen MooreOn The Money: Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy | Trump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules | Long-term jobless figures rise, underscoring economic pain Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy Trump economist touts nation’s low poverty rate MORE, an economist and adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade Trump no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19, doctor says New ad from Trump campaign features Fauci MORE, said he doesn’t think the country needs a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to help the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, predicting that growth would happen naturally.
“The economy really is showing signs of picking up. I don’t care what the newspapers say,” he said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’s radio show on WABC 770.
“I see really strong numbers coming in for the third quarter… 30 percent to 35 percent growth, which shatters the all-time record for growth in one quarter.”
“At this point, I’m not so sure we need a $2 trillion stimulus bill,” he added. “I think the fourth quarter will be just as strong as the third quarter.”
At the start of the month, House Democrats passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package amid stalled negotiations between House Democratic leadership and the White House. The $2.2 trillion price tag is less than the mammoth $3 trillion stimulus bill the lower chamber passed in May of this year.
The Senate GOP have put forth a paired down bill with a price tag of $1.1 trillion in late July, though Democrats immediately rejected the sum, saying that it was not enough to address the economic and health impacts of COVID-19.
The remarks come amid negotiations on a stimulus deal between Speaker Nancy Pelosi