According to a memorandum signed by the President on Saturday, a state must agree to enter into a financial agreement with the federal government so that any unemployed person living there will be entitled to any additional benefits. .
The federal government will require states to choose 25% (or $ 100) of the $ 400 in additional benefits each can receive weekly in supplemental aid. That initiative has been criticized by some governors because many states are financially constrained by the coronavirus.
Trump said Sunday it’s likely the federal government could bear the full cost if the governors make the request.
“We have a system that we can do 100% or we can do 75%, they pay 25 and it will depend on the state,”; he told reporters before returning to the White House from its resort in New Jersey. “And they will apply. We will review and make a decision.”
“So you know, they might be, they won’t pay anything in some cases or maybe they will – a little bit like the National Guard, like the National Guard, as you know. Sometimes we will pay it all depending on the tragedy, or whatever could be a disaster, “he said. “Sometimes the state will pay 40%, 25%, 10% or nothing – depending on how it works.”
Some experts told CNN that there are big questions about how many states can afford the extra cost. If a state says it has no funds or does not want to enter into an agreement with the federal government, unemployed people in that state will receive an additional $ 0 grant (they will still receive get the normal state unemployment insurance).
Also, since Congress has not allowed an additional extension of federal unemployment benefits, the state will have to put in place a whole new system to provide additional aid, which could take months.
When asked by a reporter on Saturday why there is $ 400 instead of $ 600 previously, Trump replied: “Here’s how much money they need, here’s how much they want, which gives them a kick. Great force to get back to work. “
This story has been updated with more information about Trump’s memo.
CNN’s Kristen Holmes, Nicky Robertson, Paul LeBlanc, and Tami Luhby contributed to this report.