At a White House press briefing, President Trump lent his support to the new bipartisan proposal on coronavirus relief that came out of the Problem Solvers Caucus, and specifically, support for more stimulus check payments.
Trump made his comments on September 16, the same day that Trump posted a tweet calling Democrats “heartless” and saying, “they don’t want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who desperately need the money.”
Democrats are “heartless”. They don’t want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who desperately need the money, and whose fault it was NOT that the plague came in from China. Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2020
Negotiations on another stimulus package have been slow and stalled over the price tag of the bill, with Republicans wanting to keep it under $1.3 trillion and Democrats wanting the bill to be at least $2.2 trillion. The Problem Solvers Caucus would cost $2 trillion, according to Axios.
Trump Showed Half-Hearted Support for the Bipartisan Proposal
During the briefing, Trump showed half-hearted support for the Problem Solvers Caucus “COVID Stimulus Framework.” The framework, which was unveiled September 15, would include the following:
Stimulus checks of $1,200
School and childcare aid of $145 billion
Election aid of $400 billion
Local and state government aid of $500 billion
Renewed $600 supplements to unemployment benefits
Triggers to boost the bill by $400 billion if COVID-19 metrics worsen or reduce the bill by $200 billion if metrics improve
You can read more about what is in the framework here.
When asked by a reporter about whether he supported it, Trump said, “yeah.” However, he backtracked moments later, when asked if he endorsed the proposal, saying, “Well, not that proposal, but we’re getting closer. We’re getting closer.”
Trump also said that he “like(s) the larger amount” even if some Republicans disagree. Here’s what else Trump had to say about the proposal:
So the Problem Solvers came up with — it’s a group of people in Congress, as you know. You know them all. I know them all. They’re very good people. I guess you’d consider them dead center. But in many cases, they’re not. They’re left. They’re right. But they came up with this idea, and I …read more