Palm Beach, Florida – After President Trump threw a grenade that threatens to blow up a massive COVID relief and government funding bill and could force a government shutdown amid a pandemic, he spent the day before Christmas golfing in Florida. Failure to agree on the bill can be refusedon the edge.
Mr Trump did not have any events on his public program on the first day of his Thursday winter vacation, but did travel to his Palm Beach golf club where he was spotted on the links by CNN cameras. Reporters were not given details of his schedule for the day, but said, “As the holiday season approaches, President Trump will continue to work tirelessly for the American people. His schedule includes many meetings and calls.”
Mr. Trump also didn’t have any public events on his Christmas Day schedule, but the White House press office reiterated, “During the holiday season, President Trump will continue to work tirelessly for the American people. His schedule includes many meetings and calls.”
Lindsey Graham, Chairperson of the Senate Justice Department, a staunch ally of Mr. Trump,Tweeted Friday that he’d spent time with Mr. Trump that Christmas. “I believe he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $ 2,000 per person and to question the protection of large technical liability under Section 230.” Graham called them both “reasonable demands”.
Mr. Trump’s trip to Florida came while Washington was still pondering its surprising request after the eleventh hour that a year-end spending bill that Congress leaders negotiated for months would give most Americans 2,000 COVID relief checks – far more than the 600 -Dollar members of his own party had agreed. Theleave the proposal pending on Thursday.
newsdos confirmed that the coronavirus relief and government spending bill was flown to Florida Thursday evening for the president to sign or veto if he so wishes.
The bipartisan compromise was deemed final and had received widespread support in the House and Senate this week after the White House reassured GOP leaders that Mr Trump supported it.
If he refuses to sign the contract, which comes with a $ 1.4 trillion government funding bill, it will force a federal government shutdown, in addition to delaying relief controls and suspending unemployment benefits and evacuation protection amid the country’s worst pandemic.
In a tweet on Friday, Mr Trump did not say what he was going to do with the bill, but continued to insist that the checks should be larger. “Why should politicians not want to give people $ 2,000 but only $ 600? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give the money to our people!” he wrote.
It was a sign of republican dissatisfaction from a president who raged over his loss of election to President-elect Biden and tried to find new, increasingly outrageous ones. He was encouraged by allies like his lawyer, the former New York mayor who escorted the President to Florida aboard Air Force One.
Mr. Trump’s anger has been in part focused on Republicans in Congress who he believes have not adequately supported his quest to delegitimize Mr. Biden’s victory by making previously unsubstantiated claims of massive election fraudthe on January 6th.
In Florida, Mr. Trump continued to rail against the results, complain to members that he had been deprived of the election, and expressed frustration with the year-end expense account.
“At a meeting in Florida today, everyone was wondering why Republicans weren’t in the arms and arguing that the Democrats stole the rigged presidential election.” The president tweeted after returning to his private Mar-a-Lago club on Thursday afternoon. “Especially in the Senate, they said where you helped 8 senators win their races.”
“I will never forget!” he wrote in another.
The statements underscored concern that Mr Trump is blowing up negotiations to punish lawmakers for what he sees as insufficient loyalty.
The president has failed to present credible evidence to back up his electoral claims, which has also been disproved by a long list of officials, from former Attorney General William Barr to Republican governors, judges and local electoral officials.
In the meantime, the nation continues to fluctuate as the coronavirus spreads. Record infections and hospitalizations and more than 329,000 people are now dead. And millions now face the prospect of vacationing alone or making ends meet without sufficient income, food or shelter thanks to the economic toll of the pandemic.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have tried to bail out the year-end legislation to prevent a government stall.
Democrats will call House lawmakers back to Washington to vote on Mr Trump’s $ 2,000 proposal on Monday, though he would likely die in the GOP-controlled Senate. They are also considering a vote on Monday on a stop gap measure to at least prevent a federal shutdown and keep the government going until Mr Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
In addition to the relief checks, the passed COVID bill would provide temporary additional unemployment benefits of $ 300 per week, a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters, as well as money for schools and money for health care providers and to help with the distribution of COVID vaccines to help