President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive actions, one of which will provide $ 400 a week of federal boosted unemployment benefits after Democrats and White House failed to reach a deal on the Coronavirus stimulus relief bill this week.
“I am acting to give an extra or additional 400 dollars a week and expanding the benefits, 400 dollars. It’s generosity but we want to take care of our people, ”Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Trump signed an executive order and three memos, one of which would issue deferred payroll taxes for Americans earning less than $ 100,000 a year. He also proposed extending the expulsion order and deferring student loan payments and forgiving their interest.
Trump said the federal government would pay $ 300, leaving the states to pay the remaining $ 100. He did not specify where the federal funds would come from.
When asked by a reporter why $ 400 instead of $ 600 in the past, Trump replied: “This is the money they need, this is the money they want, which gives them a great incentive to go back.” work again ”.
Trump went on to say, “There is a problem with the number 600 because it’s really a disapproval.”
Trump also took the opportunity to criticize the Democrats, saying, “We are doing it without Democrats. We could have done it easily for them, but they wanted all of these extras to have nothing to do with helping people. ”
Democrats will likely challenge executive action in court. Trump first gave executive orders at a press conference called a haste on Friday at the New Jersey golf club, where he said he didn’t care about the legitimacy of the actions. that he promised.