Trump says his administration is looking at additional income tax and capital gains cuts

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President Donald Trump signed executive actions on Saturday, one of which would provide $ 400 a week in federal enhanced unemployment benefits after Democrats and the White House were unable to reach an agreement on a coronavirus incentive relief bill this week.

“I am taking action to provide an additional or additional $ 400 a week and extended benefits, $ 400. It is generous but we want to take care of our people, ”Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Trump signed an executive order and three memorandums, one of which would be to defer a payroll tax for Americans earning less than $ 100,000 per year. He also proposed extending an eviction moratorium and postponing student loan payments and waiving his interest.

Trump said the federal government would pay $ 300, leaving it to the remaining states to pay $ 100. He did not outline where federal money would come from.

Asked by a reporter that $ 400 instead of the previous $ 600, Trump responded: “This is the money they need, it’s the money they want, it’s a great way to get them back to work Gives encouragement. “

“There was a difficulty with the number 600 because it was actually a disinfectant,” Trump said.

Trump also took the opportunity to criticize the Democrats, saying, “We are doing this without the Democrats. We should have been able to do it easily with them but they want all these extra things that have nothing to do with helping people. “

The Democrats’ Court is likely to challenge executive actions. Trump gave executive orders at his New Jersey Golf Club at the earliest news conference on Friday, in which he said he was not concerned about the legitimacy of what he had done.