Willie Geist calls Trump's relief bill delay 'unconscionable,' as Geraldo Rivera says president is acting like 'entitled frat boy'
Willie Geist expressed frustration at the late discharge bill. (Photo by Nathan Congleton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Although millions of Americans lost their pandemic unemployment benefits, which expired on Saturday, the $ 900 billion stimulus treaty passed by Congress has yet to be signed by President Donald Trump. The president, who spends the vacation golfing in Florida last week, declined that the relief bill that would extend these benefit programs would include stimulus checks for $ 600, well below the $ 2,000 he would like to have now .
The delays have sparked widespread concern and frustration from Willie Geist, anchor of Sunday Today and co-host of Morning Joe, among others. On Sunday, the journalist took to Twitter to call both Congress and Trump for giving financial aid to Americans like the struggling owner of his favorite local restaurant.
"I had breakfast in our diner today, met with the owner, as always, and asked how she was doing," wrote Geist. She shook her head as her eyes hovered over her mask. I knew what that meant. She turned her back on her co-workers and said she didn't want to cry in front of her co-workers.
“Like millions of others, she is desperate for help from the federal government. She said the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program [PPP] saved her business, but that was a long time ago and she is on the sidelines again. She followed the rules and spent money building outdoor meals, but winter is here. "
Geist called the lengthy Congressional negotiations on the bill "annoying" and said it was "incomprehensible" for Trump not to legally sign it.
"We've all done our best to help small businesses this year, but that's not enough," he tweeted. “It is annoying that it took Congress so long to get an auxiliary bill, and it is not surprising that the President sits on it while our friends and neighbors fight for their lives. Shame."
Geist isn't the only TV personality showing up. After appearing on Fox News' The Five last week to punish Trump for failing to act, Geraldo Rivera tweeted Saturday that the president had acted "like a legitimate brother" since losing the election.
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