Chuck Schumer was followed on ABC’s This Week by White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow. He defended the president’s actions, saying that they would help Americans struggling in the economic crisis caused by Covid-19.
“[Trump’s actions] provides substantial economic support, ”he said.
Kudlow also targets Democrats, showing they are responsible for Congress’s failure to agree a new economic bailout bill. That stalemate, in turn, led to Trump’s decision to take executive actions on Saturday.
Kudlow said: “There are still a lot of difficulties out there there are still a lot of heartache and the point that President Trump made yesterday is that in some cases we have been trying to reach a compromise on unemployment benefits”.
America passes 5m Covid-19 cases
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has passed 5m Covid-19 cases. This number was passed not long ago, and the US leads the world in the number of fatal virus infections. BrazilThe country with the next highest number of cases, just over 3 meters in total. India, in third place, has been recorded just over 2.1m. New Zealandmeanwhile, 100 days have passed without local transmission.
America also has the highest number of people dying of viruses in the world. Johns Hopkins has a figure of 162,000, although others have a higher figure. Brazil has just over 100,000 deaths due to Covid-19.
To learn more about how the United States has been coping with its false pandemic, you can read in depth report by my colleague Ed Pilkington:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a negative review of Donald Trump’s announcement of the economic relief measures on Saturday.
During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday morning, Schumer said the president’s plan would not be enough to address the financial hardship facing millions of Americans due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also calls directives “buggy”, “inoperable” and “weak”.
“The country club event was just what Trump did: a big show, but it didn’t do anything,” Schumer said. “If Americans look at these executive orders, they’ll find that they can’t get the job done.”
Schumer and House speaker Nancy Pelosi have led Democrats talks with Republicans on a new economic bailout package. The two sides are facing a stalemate in which the Democrats want to spend about $ 1 billion more than the Republicans. Trump’s executive ordinance on Saturday, potentially facing challenges of its legitimacy, is an attempt to break that stalemate. Schumer was asked on Sunday whether Trump’s order was legal. “I’ll leave that to the lawyers,” he said.
On Saturday, Schumer and Pelosi attacked Trump’s plan in a joint statement.
“We are disappointed that instead of embarking on solving American problems, the president chose to stay on his luxury golf course to publish narrow, weak and unworkable policy announcements to cut unemployment benefits that millions of people desperately need and endanger the elderly. “Social Security and Medicare,” they said.
“Democrats repeated our call to Republicans to return to the table, meet us midway and work together to provide immediate relief to the American people.”
Biden said Trump waged a ‘reckless war’ over social security
Joe Biden yesterday partially rejected Donald Trump’s executive decree as “a reckless war on social security”. The President said he would postpone payroll taxes until the end of 2020. He also said he would permanently cut payroll taxes if he beat Biden in the November election. Employer pay taxes help finance social security.
“[Trump] is working on a roadmap to cut Social Security, ”Biden wrote in a statement. “Our seniors and millions of Americans with disabilities would have suffered enough stress if Trump did not doubt their hard-to-earn Social Security benefits.”
It is not yet clear whether Trump really has the authority to suspend payroll taxes through an executive order, and his moves later this week are expected to be challenged in court.
You can read more about Trump’s executive order here:
The United States hits a grim milestone of 5m of coronavirus cases
Good morning, maybe Sunday, but US political news is very much going. We’ll cover all of the developments, so stay tuned.
Here are the main stories as of today:
- The United States will surpass the critical milestone today of five million cases of Covid-19.
- Donald Trump signed a coronavirus bailout order, with lower additional support for the unemployed
- Big Oil commemorates ‘friend’ Trump with millions of campaign funds