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Trump says there isn’t a hardship when unemployed individuals reduce their advantages

Amid a pandemic of unemployment above the Great Recession levels, Trump told the unemployed that there was no difficulty in cutting their benefits.

When asked why he supports the unemployment benefit cut, Trump said, "This is not a hardship. This is the money they need. This is the money they want and this gives them a great incentive to get back to work So that was way more than originally agreed. The $ 600 number was there, and as you know, the $ 600 number was a problem because it was really off-putting. "

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Trump says it is not difficult for the unemployed to have their benefits cut, but he also says he is cutting benefits in hopes of forcing people to return to work out of financial desperation.

The problem with the Republican logic of cutting benefits so that people get back to work is that many of the unemployed have no jobs to return to. Currently there are four or more unemployed for every vacancy so people cannot just go back to work.

When your job is gone and you can't get a new one, a rich president who has only ever worked for his father has no idea what your life is like.

Trump's press conference was a disaster even with a studio audience.

The president continues to show that he cannot help Americans with their problems because he does not understand them and he does not care.

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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor and Senior Correspondent for the White House and Congress for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.

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