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Donald Trump threatens not to sign the COVID-19 relief bill

Trump says the amount of $600 for the stimulus check is “ridiculously low”

Donald-Trump-American-flag-Reuters FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks down the West Wing colonnade from the Oval Office | Reuters

Donald Trump, who has less than a month left in office has threatened not to sign the COVID-19 relief bill put together by the Congress. The Congress, thought the package hoped to provide help for people whose lives have been upended by the pandemic. Trump said he wants the congress to increase the amount in to the stimulus checks to $2000 for individuals and $4000 for couples instead of the current amount of $600, which is “ridiculously low”.

He also complained about money in the legislation for foreign countries, the Smithsonian Institution and fish breeding, among other spending. “I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and to send me a suitable bill, or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package,” Trump told Reuters.

Trump made his rejection of the stimulus bill known via a video on Twitter. Trump hadn’t been involved in the negotiations for the stimulus bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday tweeted, “Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”

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