On Thursday afternoon, Mnuchin hit Pelosi in their highest clash to date, saying the speaker refused to compromise to get much-needed aid for the Americans.
“Your ALL OR NOT method is hurting hardworking Americans who need help NOW,” Mnuchin wrote in a letter.
His remarks came after Ms. Pelosi sent a private letter to Ms. Mnuchin earlier on Thursday underlining the extent of the split between the two sides over details of a potential stimulus bill and hitting the Trump administration for disobey receives Democratic requests for important issues including state and local government funding, school safety provisions, child care and unemployment insurance.
“The American people are suffering and they want us to come to an agreement to save the lives, livelihoods, and lives of our American Democracy as soon as possible,”; Pelosi wrote.
Mnuchin said he first learned of Pelosi’s letter from the press reports on Thursday morning, and he “unfortunately can only conclude that it was a political stunt.”
The confrontation between the two sides is not good for the odds of a new stimulus bill. When the others essentially gave up on another coronavirus relief over the summer, Pelosi and Mnuchin continued to have phone calls to negotiate and work toward a deal.
With Democratic Party leaders staunchly behind their call for a massive aid package and Republican lawmakers rather than advocating a much smaller, targeted, deal never really seemed imminent. But Pelosi and Mnuchin continue to assert progress is being made – and sometimes so – as they hold negotiations and language exchanges on the law.
Both have previously expressed hope that a deal could be finalized before Election Day, but talks have stalled in recent days.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, responded to Mnuchin’s letter in a statement. He said the White House has yet to give Democrats “meaningful responses in the areas that the Speaker has outlined.”
“These responses are needed so that negotiations can go on to reduce the coronavirus as soon as possible,” Hammill said. “It’s disappointing that the White House has wasted time on this letter instead of responding to the needs of the American people.”
At a press conference earlier in the day, Pelosi said the talks were not over yet. She said she is eyeing the congressional session after the election as an opportunity for lawmakers to pass new aid.
The government funding deadline of December 11 and the end of the 2020 campaign season could motivate members of Congress to adopt more relief, though such a scenario is far from certain.
Pelosi said she wants to push the law ahead of her presidential inauguration in January because “first, the American people need help.”
Second, she said, if former Vice President Joe Biden wins, Democrats “want as clean a means as possible” for other legislative priorities.
This story was updated with additional developments on Thursday.
CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.