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Trump rejects COVID relief bill passed by Congress, calling it 'a disgrace'

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The Dems want to limit it to $600 for Americans in need while adding hundreds of nillions of dollars for Pakistan, Sudan, and the other usual money sinkholes.

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Hi Zichi

I fully understand what you are saying. Of course it is beneficial to help other countries when you can.

However, this bill is supposed to be specifically for Coronavirus relief and to support the efforts related to the Pandemic. Much of the money is not being directed there and it is why Americans are sick and tired of the political class. We should not be fighting other by political party but should united to demand an end to the disgusting corruption which pervades Washington D.C.

Furthermore, the U.S. cannot afford to do this anymore. The amount of debt, which has grown exponentialy over the last 20 years, is now enormous. If you add unfunded liabilities on top which are not recorded or counted as debt it is a mathematically impossibility to "balance the books".

The economic fallout for Covid is going to be dramatic and it may be what causes the system to collapse. Yes my many European friends (including those from the UK) have told me things are similar in other countries throughout the world.

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I am baffled by some of the comments here. I question some of the commenters ability to read and comprehend and their thought processes. So from what I gather, some of you want Trump to sign this bill as quickly as possible so the money can be given out. I understand there are Americans in need. They should be helped. but as an American myself, why the hell are we giving so much money to other countries? If you have done some research, there are other places/entities/organizations listed to receive money that have nothing to do with COVID relief.

But in Tuesday night's message from the White House, Mr Trump baulked at spending in the bill on other countries, arguing that this money should go to struggling Americans.

He said: "This bill contains $85.5m for assistance to Cambodia, $134m to Burma, $1.3bn for Egypt and the Egyptian military, which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment, $25m for democracy and gender programmes in Pakistan, $505m to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama."

The president questioned why the Kennedy Center, a performing arts complex in Washington DC, was set to receive $40m when it is not open, and more than $1bn has been allocated to museums and galleries in the capital.

Maybe I am the one that is dumb, so maybe one of you smart people can explain why Trump should just sign it.

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Once again, $600 ain't that much, agreed!

But increasing it to $2.000 just so Trump gets his PR apprentice show?

The next government (Biden) will have to carry the burden.

So Donald can keep on blaming others, one way or the other, he will probably look mighty happy!

Someone should tell him to wipe that smirk off his face!

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even with this blatant disgrace on the part of the Dems - again - and the Trump haters bend over backwards to blame Trump.

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Tokyo-Engr

I have always considered your pork barrel bills outrageous and a way to get laws passed that wouldn't otherwise. We don't do that in the UK. One Bill one law.

While I do support foreign aid from US/UK/Japan, if it's for essential aid like feeding hungry people, providing healthcare. Non essential aid at this time should be put on hold.

Those nations and its peoples are being hit hard by the pandemic and millions thrown out of work. My own family, Italy/UK/America are just about struggling to remain afloat but if it goes on for another year, they too will sink.

If your family is hungry, $600 check and $300 extra in unemployment can really help out. More is always better.

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@Jsapc

Trump is actually on the Dems side on this one (as they wanted much larger payments, being the socialists that they are), so...

The democrats have already fully endorsed Trumps changes and want to get the deal done. Most democrats and Pelosi have already publicly agreed with Trump.

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Watch as the Dems fight tooth and nail against Trump on this.

Trump is actually on the Dems side on this one (as they wanted much larger payments, being the socialists that they are), so...

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If anyone wants to hear Trump himself explain why he thinks it's a disgrace (instead of reading another biased anti-Trump hit piece):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABYC7ikFIuY

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@zichi: The bill also includes sending 500 million dollars to Jordan so they can build a border wall with Syria.

You are right: Members of Congress receive free healthcare and after a very short amount of time (less than a full term) they have this benefit and a generous pension - for life.

There is a reason that, regardless of political party, they spend 10's of millions of dollars to get a position which pays around US$200,000 per year. And regardless of political party they all seem to come out of it rich....but

.....Dems bad / Repubs bad....yeah something like that....

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There won't be time to debate another packet and get it signed before Trump leaves office. He might be right but there are millions of hungry Americans struggling to pay rent and mortgages.

So tell me, what will a one time payment of $600 do to pay many months of rent and mortgages. There is absolutely nothing wrong for him to push for more money no matter how much you hate him.

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Dems will sign off on a trillion dollar bailout for Wall Street in a heartbeat.

But money for food on the table for everyday Americans.

Watch as the Dems fight tooth and nail against Trump on this.

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"The bill is 5,593 pages long and contains so much pork it is disgraceful. Much of the pork has nothing to do with Covid relief (money for Nepal, gender equity in Pakistan, fuding for a study of an Illionois race riot, 40 million for the Kenedy Center (which is closed), money to Cambodia $130 million, Burma, $453 million, Sudan $700 million, a check to the Smithsonian for $1 billion)"

Agreed. but that is not contained in the second part of the CARES bill, which is what Trump got wrong, too. It is a separate bill that is packaged with the relief bill so that the Senate has to vote only once, and because it gives pork to those who'd otherwise oppose on principle giving $600 to the parent of a hungry child. The 200 billion in pork I referenced is actually part of the 900 billion emergency relief package, separate from the bill you mentioned. Everywhere there's lots of piggies, living piggie lives...

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@Busby

.this is all about payback....

I don't think its about payback. Trump honestly doesn't care about the Presidency as much as people believe. Right now his main focus is rallying his supporters to donate where he is expected to leave the Presidency with well $300 million in funds after the election debts are paid. That money becomes his and he has free reign over it. That is all Trump has been focusing on.

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"Tens of millions of Americans can no longer afford even basic healthcare." Tens of millions of Americans haven't been able to afford even basic healthcare for generations. We're talking about affording food, shelter, and clothing, here.

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I may not support Trump and its been disgraceful the way he's ignored his duties since the election. However, this is by far the most presidential thing he has done. The way the democrats caved on this topic was disgraceful. The fact that Congress only wanted to do all of this last minute while Americans suffered was also disgraceful. This is where Trump can shine by pushing these money wasting politicians into actually using the money for the people versus themselves and corporations.

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Okay, he's got it wrong, as usual, but for the first time in 4 years I agree with him. Cut the $200 billion in pork aimed at the 1%, redirect it, and increase the amount of assistance to those most severely impacted by job losses and cutbacks during the pandemic - and do it asap.

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I agree that the amount should be $2/4K....but we all know Trump could care less about helping Americans over the holidays....this is all about payback....

McConnell went out this week and acknowledged Biden's win, congratulating him and Kamala Harris....

Trump then threw a two-year old tantrum - so he's now trying to blow up this bill to screw with McConnell - I mean just look at it - he's siding with Pelosi and AOC over McConnell...

More evidence: Trump just tweeted: "RINO John Thune, "Mitch's boy", should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn't like weakness. He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!" 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-slams-mitch-s-boy-senator-john-thune-saying-he-should-just-let-it-play-out-after-the-majority-whip-criticized-house-gop-efforts-to-overturn-electoral-votes/ar-BB1c9O7L

So because McConnell and other Repubs no longer support his unhinged "it's rigged" fairy tales, he's going to punish them and at the same time punish the American people who won't get any money over the holidays...

Merry Christmas from The Donald...

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Hope those who voted Trump and don't get a check don't have the gall to ask or wonder why, because THEY are the reason they are suffering.

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Trump is a socialist !

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He's right on this one for sure. $600 just doesn't cut the mustard.

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Tens of millions of Americans can no longer afford even basic healthcare. Members of Congress receive free healthcare including dentists, regardless of the costs.

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The Bill also contains a law against illegal internet streaming. Not going after individuals but the groups/organisers doing the streaming and costing $30 billion per year.

Never understood the American system of passing laws which contain numerous non related packages that are always difficult to discover unless you read the entire Bill. Know much would the Relief Bill be without the port barrels? Answers on a postcard to congress.

The Relief Bill for Covid-19 is $900 billion. The pork barrels $500 billion. Postcard sent.

50 million American will be hungry this Christmas. There are Americans who don't even have running water and electricity like the Navajo Nation. Can you even imagine that?

The Bill also contains the historic approval of the Navajo Utah Water Right Settlement Act. Authorize approximately $220 million for water infrastructure to provide water infrastructure, which will provide clean drinking water, to Navajo communities in Utah.

https://kutv.com/news/local/covid-19-stimulus-relief-bill-will-help-bring-running-water-to-navajo-nation-households

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This should not be 5,000 + pages. It should be the minimum number of pages which states simply

"The Congress of the United States allocates $2,000 (or whatever the number is) for each American with an income under x amount of dollars"

One item in the bill. If they want to create another bill for other causes then have at it. Americans are hurting now ! Congress has not missed a single paycheck nor have they lost any benefits whatsoever due to this.

Really disgusting!!!

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Well the sides are pretty clear here....

On one side we have Team Trump/Pelosi who want to increase the amount to $2K/$4K....

On the other side we have McConnell/McCarthy and all the Repubs who think $600 is right....

So, once again, who's Team are the Trump supporters here on?

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Mitch doesn't want to even want to give $ 1,200 but trump talks about $ 2,000.

And now trump is throwing a tantrum and not even allowing the $600, that is desperately needed.

Disjointed doesn't capture a tenth of how this administration functions.

People are losing jobs, homes and even starving and this man-toddler wants to throw another fit!!!!

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I despise Trump but even a broken clock is right two times in a day. It is 1.4 Trillion dollars which results in a one time payment to Americans of $600. It is like the Abe mask disgrace.

Even Biden is not happy with it but he has to exercise restrain for political reasons

The bill is 5,593 pages long and contains so much pork it is disgraceful. Much of the pork has nothing to do with Covid relief (money for Nepal, gender equity in Pakistan, fuding for a study of an Illionois race riot, 40 million for the Kenedy Center (which is closed), money to Cambodia $130 million, Burma, $453 million, Sudan $700 million, a check to the Smithsonian for $1 billion)

Yes - I just remembered why I despise both political parties. They just do not give an iota about the American people.

I will not even start on the currency devaluation and potential hyperinflation which may occur due to this massive printing of money. Americans (I am an American) seem to be so arrogant that we think we cannot repeat what happened in the Weimar Republic or Argentina......

Insanity....really insane.

I cannot stand him but I hope Trump vetoes it

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Is this how Trump punishes the USA for kicking him out of the presidency?

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"I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple," he said, referring to relief checks.

Its awkward but I must admit that I find myself nodding in agreement with Trump on this.

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One of the few times I agree with the president, but it kind of makes me think he's just trying to distract from all the pardons he's signing now:

www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-55420365

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Pathetic. Whatever, his mess will get cleaned up. He’s done as is whatever influence he might have. Shadow president? Har! “Live with it crybabies”

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In his address, Trump said he would refuse to accept the bill as it is and demanded changes, notably a big increase in the proposed $600 direct payments to less well-off Americans.

"I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple," he said, referring to relief checks.

If he had fought as hard for this as he did with his "voter fraud" shenanigans he would have won the election in a landslide. COVID-19 or no COVID-19

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"I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple," he said, referring to relief checks.

Well look at that - Trump showing Repubs he was a Democrat all along...

Guess who agrees with Trump; Nancy, Chuck, AOC, Tlaib...you know, all the progressive Libs...

Guess who virulently disagrees; McConnell, McCarthy, and all the Repubs...

So, who's side are the Trump supporters here on?

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But sir what about all of the hungry children and needy families, many of whom are your loyal supporters, at this most special time of the year?

Ebeneezer Trump: Bah, humbug!

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Wow, $2000 per person which would mean four grand for a couple. Lots of sandwiches there for the making.

I do not believe it will happen.

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There won't be time to debate another packet and get it signed before Trump leaves office. He might be right but there are millions of hungry Americans struggling to pay rent and mortgages.

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Republicans were the cause why it gotten so login the first place.

Probably just making use of this to get political gains for Georgia.

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The outgoing president suddenly turns very generous, wanting to give $2000 instead of $600. Naturally, whatever negative consequences would not hurt him anymore...

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Trump is just looking to clean up the perception of him as in being for the people and to rile up his cultists on the way out.It's not his money,so he doesn't give two flucks.

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For the second time I agree with Trump. The first time was how he has handled the CCP.

i have never voted Democrat nor Republican. Maybe I should have voted.

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The man is fighting ... like that guy who fought the windmills.

Sure, $600 isn't really that much.

But all Donald is asking for is a little more positive PR. Too late, my man, you scr..ed up everything during the past 4 years, you won't get the praise you are begging for. Worst president as long as I can remember!

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600usd is just a silly joke.

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