Trump Golfs In Florida While COVID Relief Swings In The Balance

Written by on December 25, 2020

PALM BEACH (AP) — After tossing a grenade that threatens to explode an enormous COVID reduction and authorities funding invoice and power a authorities shutdown within the midst of a pandemic, President Donald Trump was {golfing} on Christmas for a second straight day.

Failure to agree on the invoice may deny checks to tens of millions of Individuals on the

Trump had no occasions on his public schedule on the primary day of his winter trip Thursday however traveled to his Palm Seaside golf membership, the place he was noticed by CNN cameras on the hyperlinks. Reporters got no particulars of his schedule for the day however informed that “Because the Vacation season approaches, President Trump will proceed to work tirelessly for the American Folks. His schedule consists of many conferences and calls.”

President Donald Trump is tossed a golf ball as he golfs at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020.

President Donald Trump is tossed a golf ball as he golfs at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Sterling, Va., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photograph/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 Trump’s departure got here as Washington was nonetheless reeling over his shock, eleventh-hour demand that an end-of-year spending invoice that congressional leaders spent months negotiating to offer most Individuals $2,000 COVID reduction checks — excess of the $600 members of his personal celebration had agreed to. The thought was swiftly rejected by Home Republicans throughout a uncommon Christmas Eve session, leaving the proposal in limbo.

The bipartisan compromise had been thought-about a accomplished deal and had gained sweeping approval within the Home and Senate this week after the White Home assured GOP leaders that Trump supported it. If Trump refuses to signal the deal, which is connected to a $1.four trillion authorities funding invoice, it’ll power a federal authorities shutdown, along with delaying support checks and halting unemployment advantages and eviction protections within the midst of the direst stretch of the pandemic.

It was an obvious act of antagonism towards congressional Republicans from a president who has been raging over his Nov. three loss to President-elect Joe Biden and attempting to provide you with new, more and more outrageous schemes to attempt to overturn the outcomes of a Democratic election. He has been egged on by allies like his lawyer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who accompanied the president to Florida aboard Air Drive One.

Trump’s ire has been targeted, partly, on Republicans in Congress whom he believes have been insufficiently supportive of his quest to delegitimize Biden’s win by lobbing unfounded claims of mass voter fraud earlier than Congress meets to tally the Electoral Faculty votes on Jan. 6.

In Florida, Trump continued to rail towards the outcomes, complaining to members that he had been robbed of the election and voicing frustrations in regards to the year-end spending invoice.

“At a gathering in Florida at present, everybody was asking why aren’t the Republicans up in arms & combating over the truth that the Democrats stole the rigged presidential election?” Trump tweeted after he’d returned to his non-public Mar-a-Lago membership. “Particularly within the Senate, they mentioned, the place you helped eight Senators win their races.”

“I’ll NEVER FORGET!” he wrote in one other,

The statements underscored considerations that Trump is blowing up negotiations to punish lawmakers for what he sees as their inadequate help loyalty.

Trump has offered no credible proof to help his election claims, which have additionally been refuted by an extended listing of officers, from former Lawyer Common William Barr to Republican governors, judges, and native election directors.

In the meantime, the nation continues to reel because the coronavirus spreads, with document infections and hospitalizations and greater than 327,000 now useless. And tens of millions are actually going through the prospect of spending the vacations alone or struggling to make ends meet with out sufficient revenue, meals, or shelter because of the pandemic’s financial toll.

To mark the vacation, the president and first girl Melania Trump tweeted out a pre-recorded video message through which they wished Individuals a Merry Christmas and thanked first responders and members of the army.

“As you understand, this Christmas is completely different than years previous,” mentioned Mrs. Trump, who targeted on the acts of “kindness and braveness” the pandemic had impressed.

Trump hailed the vaccine doses now being delivered and thanked these accountable for it. “It’s a really a Christmas miracle,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, Democratic Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been attempting to salvage the year-end laws to attempt to forestall a shutdown. Democrats will recall Home lawmakers to Washington for a vote Monday on Trump’s $2,000 proposal, although it will probably die within the GOP-controlled Senate. They’re additionally contemplating a Monday vote on a stop-gap measure to at the least avert a federal shutdown and maintain the federal government working till Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.

Along with the reduction checks, the COVID invoice that handed would set up a short lived $300 per week supplemental jobless profit, present a brand new spherical of subsidies for hard-hit companies, eating places and theaters and cash for colleges, and supply cash for well being care suppliers and assist with COVID vaccine distribution.

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