Trump reportedly wants to 'inflict as much pain on Congress as possible'
President Trump has not yet signed the $ 900 billion COVID-19 relief bill of Congress, and the clock is ticking. In fact, unless lawmakers find a way to increase direct stimulus payments and remove some other items like foreign aid from the package, before a potential government shuts down Tuesday, he's more likely to sit on it.
While Trump genuinely wants larger individual payments, he has been criticized for waiting for a bipartisan agreement to be reached to make his point clear to surprise Congress and his own negotiating team, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. A source briefed on the matter by White House officials told the Washington Post that Trump, frustrated by losing his election and the aftermath of the coronavirus during his senior year in office, was "just angry at everyone and wants to do so much . " Pain at the congress as possible. "
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Even Mnuchin, one of the few cabinet members to have made it with Trump every four years, appears to be on the line with his boss. According to the Post, Mnuchin was excited about the deal last week, believing the president would sign it, but then reportedly went blind when Trump released a video last week beating up the deal and his $ 600 checks.
"Loyalty and support for President Trump is generally rewarded with humiliation," Brian Reidl, a conservative policy expert for the right-wing think tank Manhattan Institute, told the Post. Read more at the Washington Post.
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