And so it is that, after months in which the Republicans have deserted the House to prevent the approval of any state fund to support workers affected by the pandemic, it is during the night that he blocked the aid package of 892 billion dollars launched by Congress to deal with the crisis. Resorting to the populism of those who want to be brilliant by giving away money that others will have to find, he began to say that the $600 check that will arrive at the homes of all Americans would be too modest and that he wants to triple it: “I’m going to ask Congress to amend this act and increase the amount of $600 per individual to $2,000, or $4,000 per couple. By doing so, he will put the state in debt and boycott the Biden administration, all truncated in having denied much lower figures when he was the one who had to raise the funds. but you know that some populists don’t become blind when they are promised money and maybe they won’t understand that when they are reduced to poverty it will have been the fault of the debts that Trump inflicted on them in order to make himself look good in the eyes of the functional illiterates.
Less than a month after saying goodbye to the White House, Donald Trump has threatened to veto the $900 billion stimulus plan approved after months of impasse between Republicans and Democrats.
In particular, Trump is pressing for all aid that does not directly relate to the covid emergency to be removed from the measure and for Americans to receive much larger checks of $2,000 and not the $600 provided now.
“The aid plan is a disgrace,” the president says in a just over four-minute video posted on twitter. The Democrats’ response comes in a close second: “Democrats are ready to raise aid to Americans to $2,000,” tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump’s move is in turn a reaction to the words of the president-elect, Joe Biden, who had called the 900 billion plan only a “first step”, a “down payment”: it will be necessary to do more, said the next president reiterating that, once in office, he will ask Congress for new aid.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent