‘Unacceptable’: Travel industry groups react to stalled COVID-19 stimulus talks, hold out hope

The travel industry offered mixed reactions as lawmakers and President Donald Trump failed to pass further relief measures to aid one of the country’s most beleaguered sectors. Thousands of airline workers have been furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic, and four out of 10 hotel workers were unemployed as of the summer.

Trump on Tuesday called an abrupt end to negotiations with Democrats over additional COVID-19 relief, delaying action until after the election despite ominous warnings from his own Federal Reserve chairman about the deteriorating conditions in the economy.

Hours later, Trump appeared to edge back a bit from his call to end negotiations. 

“I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy (Pelosi)?” Trump said in a flurry of tweets Tuesday evening. He also called on Congress to immediately approve $25 billion for airlines and $135 billion the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses.

Trade group Airlines for America tweeted it was hopeful given Trump’s later attitude: “We appreciate @realdonaldtrump showing his continued support for U.S. airline employees. We remain hopeful that @potus or Congress will act swiftly to save these jobs. We need action NOW.”

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