President Donald Trump changed course Tuesday night and urged Congress to pass a series of measures to alleviate the crisis caused by the coronavirus who declared himself willing to sign, including stimulus checks worth $ 1,200 for Americans.
Hours before, he had interrupted the talks between the main members of the Democratic Party and the Republicans about new aid until after the elections on November 3, which seemed to have buried the possibilities of a new stimulus package before then.
“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the elections when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major stimulus bill,” he wrote on a busy day on the social network Twitter.
He also claimed to have asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus his pre-election efforts on confirm his Supreme Court candidate, Amy Coney Barrett.
In the minutes after these messages, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted by more than 400 points. Before that announcement, on the same day, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned that the economic recovery remains fragile seven months after the start of the coronavirus pandemic and highlighted the need for new economic stimulus plans.
But hours later, Trump appeared to back down: “If you send me a separate bill for stimulus checks ($ 1,200), it will go to our great folks IMMEDIATELY. I’m ready to sign right now,” he tweeted Tuesday night. The president spread those messages when still in the process of recovery after being infected by coronavirus.
A senior administration official familiar with the president’s thoughts on the matter said Tuesday that “a large-scale stimulus package is on the sidelines,” as Trump previously made clear, according to our sister network NBC News. But the White House appears to be planning to push through a series of smaller individual packages on mutually agreed-upon items.
The previous announcement that the President suspended negotiations for new aid affected by the economic crisis as a result of the pandemic generated puzzled reactions between people who need support.
“We have been living off our savings,” Latina Ramia Estevez told Noticias Telemundo, “but the savings as long as they last are running out, and we were really waiting to pay the rent.”
“It is a ruthless decision,” said activist for the rights of migrants Sulma Arias. “It is very tragic that the president has taken this action,” declared Illinois Democratic Representative Jesús ‘Chuy’ García.
It is estimated that they are about 40 million people what are you waiting for be able to count on a new check.
With your message on Tuesday afternoon, Trump in part seemed to take it for granted that he will win the election, contradicting how far behind in the polls for months, and in part suggesting that his victory would be a condition for continuing negotiations.
In another message, Trump accused the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, of not having “negotiated in good faith.”
The Democratic leader condemned Trump’s decision, arguing that he “is unwilling to squash the virus” and “refuses to provide real help to America’s poor children, the unemployed and working families.”
With information from NBC News.