WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump late Tuesday threatened to torpedo Congress’ massive pandemic relief package in the midst of a raging pandemic and deep economic uncertainty, suddenly demanding changes fellow Republicans have opposed.

Trump assailed the bipartisan $900 billion package in a video he tweeted out Tuesday night and suggested he may not sign it. He said the bill would deliver too much money to foreign countries, but not enough to Americans.

The bill provides for a $600 payment to most Americans, but Trump said he is asking Congress to amend the bill and “increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple. I am also asking Congress to get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill.”

The relief package was part of a hard-fought compromise bill that includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as money for cash-starved transit systems, an increase in food stamp benefits and about $4 billion to help other nations provide a COVID-19 vaccine for their people.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly responded to Trump’s tweet with one of her own, all but daring Trump’s Republican allies in Congress to meet the president’s demand for far higher payments. “At last, the President has agreed to $2,000,” she tweeted. “Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”

But Republicans have been reluctant to spend more on pandemic relief and only agreed to the big year-end package as time dwindled for a final deal. And Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, said “Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open,” and Congress would step up for more aid after.

Nevertheless, Pelosi was expected to put Trump’s proposal forward Thursday for a vote.

The Senate cleared the huge package by a 92-6 vote after the House approved it by another lopsided vote, 359-53. Those votes totals would be enough to override a veto should Trump decide to take that step.

The relief package was brought forward Monday afternoon and sped through the House and Senate in a matter of hours as lawmakers worked to close the books on the year. While many lawmakers complained about being given so little time to read the bill, they overwhelmingly voted for it as local businesses and constituents seek economic relief from the pandemic

After months of partisanship and politicking about pandemic relief, the logjam broke after President-elect Joe Biden urged his party to accept a compromise with top Republicans that is smaller than many Democrats would have liked.

The relief bill Trump is criticizing would establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefit and a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters and money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction.

Earlier in the day, Biden applauded lawmakers for their work. He described the package as far from perfect, “but it does provide vital relief at a critical time.”

He also said more relief would be needed in the months ahead. “We have our first hint and glimpse of bipartisanship,” Biden said. “In this election, the American people made it clear they want us to reach across the aisle and work together.”

Trump again held no public events at the White House. He has refused to accept the reality of his loss and claimed incorrectly in his tweet Tuesday that if Congress didn't send him a suitable bill, then the next administration would have to deliver a pandemic relief package “and maybe that administration will be me and we will get it done."

After tweeting his threat, he criticized fellow Republicans in the Senate who are not supportive of an effort to block Congress from affirming Biden’s victory in the November election. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. said such as effort would “go down like a shot dog.”

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Who would sell out their country for 600.00 bucks....?

Take their offer and veto it, arrest them under the insurrection Act. And since they didn't up hold the Constitution, then they have no imiutinty protection either under it and can be taking straight to Military Tribunal trials and be executed.

Quit messing around with them before they drop plan B and trap us all in a much bigger war and get more of their outsider interventions and there won't be any of you left standing in uniform for America...You bent over for Obama for two terms and got robbed of your military and more of your rights, What's going to happen if you let your vote get stolen like your identity and have only their choices..?

Dominion voting machines wanted to dominate us so we didn't have choices.

The choices are their choices and so it's a controlled out come because you don't have something outside of their guard, well guarded. And if we don't break that or stop it, then America will cease to exist. These maybe core issues that the President will have to acted on.


How does sending billions of dollars overseas help Americans? GTFO here congress!

Sagacious Lu

Trump and many of his fans here seem to be outraged with spending requests...that Trump requested. Really.

"But the list Trump rattled off during a surprise video announcement Tuesday night conflated the coronavirus stimulus measure with the year-end federal government omnibus spending bill passed in tandem by the Senate.

Moreover, much of the spending allocations Trump criticized were the exact amounts he requested for those programs in his fiscal 2021 budget:

●$1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian military? Trump’s budget asked for $1.3 billion.

●$134 million for Myanmar? Trump’s budget had sought $131,450,000.

●$40 million for the Kennedy Center? Trump’s budget asked for $40,400,000.

Trump’s gripes focused largely on foreign aid, arts and humanities, and fish.

“$7 million for reef fish management, $25 million to combat Asian carp, $2.5 million to count the number of amberjack fish in the Gulf of Mexico. A provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries,” he listed among programs he didn’t think should be funded.

Trump is threatening not to sign the bill, creating confusion among Republicans, jeopardizing relief for millions of Americans and raising the possibility of a government shutdown beginning next week."

Another Trump government shutdown because congress approved Trump's spending requests? That, my fellow countrymen, is nuts, plain and simple.

@the real JohnQPublic

$900 billion divided by the US population is $2,721.69 per person

Help me understand where the balance of this money is getting wasted? You aren't getting it.



Why the fuck are we sending money to other countries for a stimulus bill to help Americans. Even better that they're countries where known terrorist organizations are, fuck it why don't we just send them a couple planes and a crate full of nukes while we're at it and just get this shitshow over with already jesus christ.


Read it!! The stimulus bill was combined with a budget bill to keep all aspects of the government running. This happens every year. Chill out.


The pork cuts both ways. $1.8 billion for Trumpty Dumpty's wall. Is he raging against that too? Or will he ask for more?


He should not sigh this Bill....The Dems are back to throwing the people bones and giving money to foreign countries that hate the USA.

Desert Dweller

At least it's not a border wall for Lebanon.

@the real JohnQPublic

#Trump #MAGA #TriggeredIdiotSnowflake

@the real JohnQPublic

Great job, Trump. Thank you for pointing out what everyone else sees--massive amounts of pork spending. Shameful greed by those who want their own special interest funded. We all have to make sacrifices.

It would be great if by executive order, he'd eliminate the rider clause in all legislation.

In the Covid "stimulus package" there is:

✅$700 million to Sudan

✅$10 million for "gender programs" in Pakistan

✅$300 million for fisheries

✅$600 to *some* Americans

The Founders would have stormed the chambers of Congress over this monstrosity.

The Rural Realist

A lot of $10 Million to Pakistan gender programs will end up here in the USA in the manufacturing and shipping centers. Hunter Biden industries got the contract to produce and ship thousands of rainbow colored backpacks to LGBT youth suicide bombers club in Pakistan. $10 million sounds like a lot but they are a high quality internal frame backpack that has to be able to hold 60 lbs of explosives.



Desert Dweller

Probably a really good feeling to give a speech to the nation and point out all the PORK asked for by the D.C. swamp creatures that has been tacked onto a bill supposed to lend aid to struggling and failing U.S small businesses and the population of the country as a whole.

The difference between a politician and a mosquito? They are both blood sucking parasites---the politician has a briefcase.


Love the angry Orange Man photo!

The leftist media is at it again!


Imagine--printing pictures of what Trump looks like most of the time to represent him. That's SO unethical.


Shut up righty


Yet your pie whole


The yellow man is at it again

Incompetent piece of trash.

His boy Steve the treasury secretary was involved in the talk. Mr. Rump why did you not tell you boy what you wanted

You ass wipe.


It seems that EVERY post you do, you use foul language, call people names and don't ever state any facts. Now I understand freedom of speech and all that, but maybe people would take you and your comments more seriously if you stopped calling names and using the language you do. Just report the facts and your opinion on those facts. That's what an educated person does.

The Rural Realist

He is just too stupid to have intelligent conversation. It's really too bad we don't have a program to sterilize the ignorant.

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