Coronavirus recovery aid talks to continue after blowout jobs report, Pence says

Coronavirus recovery aid talks to continue after blowout jobs report, Pence says

Following a blowout jobs report, Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC on Friday that the Trump administration will have more "good faith" discussions

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Following a blowout jobs report, Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC on Friday that the Trump administration will have more “good faith” discussions with Democrats about coronavirus relief.

“Those discussions are ongoing,” Pence said when asked on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” if the surprisingly strong economic numbers foreclosed the need to negotiate with Democrats on additional aid proposals.

“We’re going to work in good faith to put the interests of the American families and American businesses first,” Pence said.

“But what’s absolutely essential about any additional recovery package is that we have the kind of pro-growth policies that President Trump has been advancing,” the vice president added.

Pence’s remarks came shortly after data from the Labor Department showed a staggering rise in employment and a decline in the jobless rate, defying expectations and suggesting an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is underway.

The U.S. added 2.5 million jobs in May and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3% from 14.7% in April. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting nonfarm payrolls to drop…



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