President Trump has heaped scorn on the new CCP Virus relief package and will ask Congress to amend it.
The COVID relief package worth $900 billion has just been passed, and the president, calling the legislation a “disgrace,” lamented there is not enough help for Americans struggling to make ends meet.
Direct payments, set at $600, need to be increased to $2,000, as the amount, said the president, is “ridiculously low.”
The president had a message for Congress, “Send me a suitable bill, or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package, and maybe that administration will be me,” President Trump said in a video address. “And we will get it done.”
The president said there are “wasteful and unnecessary items,” listed, and Congress needs to cancel them.
He stated that the COVID relief bill “has almost nothing to do with COVID,” reported The Washington Times.
Just consider the foreign aid in the package—$85.5 million for Cambodia, $134 million to Burma, $1.3 billion for Egypt, “which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment,” he said, and added the $25 million for “democracy and gender programs in Pakistan.”
The president was far from happy with the package.
“The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up to $1,800 each,” he said. “This is far more than the Americans are given.”
Included in the package is an increase in jobless benefits, extra small business loans, direct payments of $600 to individuals earning up to $75,000, and funds to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
The package includes a two-year provision on companies to deduct 100% of business meals with clients, and the president says two years is not long enough.
“This two-year period must be withdrawn, which will allow the [restaurant] owners to obtain financing and get their restaurants back in condition,” President Trump said. “Congress can terminate it at a much later date. But two years is not acceptable. It’s not enough. Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists, and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it.”