Trump Demands Amendments to Economic Measures: "It's Not What I Expected
On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump demanded that Congress revise the $900 billion economic stimulus bill it passed to address the new coronavirus. He poin...
On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump demanded that Congress revise the $900 billion economic stimulus bill it passed to address the new coronavirus. He pointed out that the bill was "very different from what we expected. They demanded that the cash transfer to households be raised from the current proposal of $600 to $2,000. The president's reluctance to accept the contents of the bill has made the early implementation of additional measures uncertain.
In a video posted on his Twitter page, Mr. Trump pointed out that the amount of cash benefits in the current proposal is "absurdly low" and called for an increase to $2,000 per person, or $4,000 total for a couple. He also criticized the government's support for small and medium-sized businesses, saying that it is not sufficient.
He then said that Congress must pass "appropriate legislation," including amendments, or "the next administration, which is me, will implement [the additional measures]. Trump is still refusing to acknowledge the results of Biden's victory in the presidential election.
A White House spokesman said the president intends to sign the bill, which passed the House and Senate on Thursday. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin had also indicated that he expected to implement the cash transfer as soon as possible.
Bills passed by Congress are usually signed into law by the President. The president can also veto the bill, but if both the House and Senate pass it again with a two-thirds majority, the veto will be overridden and the bill will be enacted.
According to the Washington Post, the president's aides and congressional staffers were "stunned" by the video Trump suddenly released.