In a hostage video of Donald Trump speaking from the White House on Tuesday, the outgoing president blew up the COVID relief bill that had helped his administration negotiate and insisted that he develop a better package in his second term .
“I also urge Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary elements of this legislation and send me an appropriate invoice, otherwise the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package,” Trump said. “And maybe I am that administration and we will make it.”
The full – but clearly edited – video Trump released on Tuesday:
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
Trump is now calling for what the Democrats asked for seven months ago
The video released by Donald Trump on Tuesday was bizarre in many ways, but it also showed how little he is involved in the country’s governance.
CNN’s Manu Raju emphasized after the release of Trump’s speech: “Trump’s team – led by Mnuchin – helped negotiate a Covid aid agreement. WH officials are on file and say he would sign it. And after the House passed it with a large majority (359-53) and the Senate approved it (92-6), he now says he wants to change it and calls the bill a “shame”. “
Trump’s team – led by Mnuchin – helped negotiate a Covid Relief deal. WH officials are on file and say he would sign it. And after the house passed it with a large veto-proof majority (359-53) and the Senate approved it (92-6), he now says he wants to change it and calls the bill a “shame” https://t.co / KsAQWSosJ2
– Manu Raju (mkraju), December 23, 2020
In other words, Trump – the self-proclaimed master of dealmaking – was absolutely not involved in the COVID relief negotiations. It was only after both parties and his own White House reached a final agreement that Trump decided to get involved in the process by trying to tear the deal apart.
What’s even more amazing is that Trump blew up the $ 600 stimulus payment included in the package and asked Congress to increase the amount of direct payments. What Trump didn’t mention is that seven months ago the Democrats passed laws that did just that.
Aaron Rupar of Vox stated, “Dems passed a bill for double that [the $600] in May. According to its own logic, the GOP is to blame. “
Donald Trump thought his Tuesday speech would make him look like he was leading negotiations that were already closed. It just showed how little he was paying attention for the past six months.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.