After weeks of confusing and contradictory messages, Donald Trump made a bizarre announcement on Tuesday afternoon: the president was pulling the plug on bipartisan talks on an economic aid package. Sure, his opponents were willing to give the economy an enormous pre-election boost, but the Republican had made up his mind: there would be no agreement.

Was there a chance we’d see more negotiations? No, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said. Maybe the door was still ajar? No, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow added.

But it wasn’t long before Trump started publishing tweets that contradicted his own message. The president told Fox Business yesterday that the negotiations — the ones he ended on Tuesday — were “starting to work out.”

Trump reportedly told House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that the White House is now looking to strike a “big deal” on economic aid,

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