The Washington Post said that President Donald Trump’s advisers called for a $ 2,000 direct payment to Americans in the next federal coronovirus rescue package as it derailed relief talks on Capitol Hill.
The newspaper cited two sources familiar with the incidents.
The Post reported that Trump held a phone call with colleagues in which he said he would like incentive payments to be “at least” $ 1,200 and perhaps as large as $ 2,000. Congressional leaders are drafting a $ 900 billion relief package for Americans with direct payments of $ 600, half of the $ 1,200 disbursed in March and April through an old package of pandemic aid.
Trump was said to be in the midst of underlining his desire when White House officials told him that the move would capitalize talks between top Republicans and Democrats, likely to run over the weekend. Republicans are trying to price relief packages under $ 1 trillion, and may well surpass the cost of large direct payment legislation.
An anonymous source told The Post that “the allies were really frantic, saying: ‘We can’t do that; it will wind up the talks.”
White House spokesman Ben Williamson told The Post that Trump supported large relief payments for struggling Americans.
“The president has heard from Americans across the country who are doing no wrong of their own, and he has clarified that he wants the next round of relief to include incentive checks in significant amounts.” “We are working with Congress to come to an agreement that may be passed as soon as possible.”
For the election, Trump called for a larger relief package and suggested several times that he could support a larger than the $ 2.2 trillion amount that Democrats wanted. But Republicans did not follow suit and repeatedly threw cold water on her demands. Instead he opted for a $ 500 billion relief package that Democrats twice blocked.
The president’s position on coronovirus relief has grown wildly over time, and has been largely quiet on the subject since his electoral loss to Joe Biden. However, Trump has recently publicly indicated that he still supports large direct payments. He told Fox News in an interview aired on Sunday, “At the moment, I want to see Czech.
The White House entered into relief negotiations last week with an offer of $ 916 billion, including $ 600 direct payments. However, Democrats banned it except for federal unemployment benefits.
On Capitol Hill, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Independent Sen. Burmese Sanders have made calls to include direct payments, which were initially left out of a bipartisan plan. Progressive MPs in the House have also campaigned to include their relief campaign in the next relief package.