Trump’s official POTUS Twitter account will be archived on Jan. 20. But what about @realdonaldtrump — Trump’s (personal) account that has 88 million followers?
The stimulus package finally passed Monday night following months of bipartisan bickering over the measure. It includes $1.4 trillion to fund the government through next September and passed both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. (If the legislation were to be vetoed, the government could shut down next week.)
Trump said the package provides too much funding to foreign countries and should include more for American families and small businesses. He asked that Congress amend the bill to increase the $600 stimulus payments going to individuals and families to $2,000, or $4,000 for couples.
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” he said.
House Democrats quickly capitalized on Trump’s demand for $2,000 checks, announcing plans Tuesday night to try to pass a bill later this week doing just that.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the president’s tweet Tuesday by calling out Republicans for refusing to say what amount Trump had wanted for the stimulus checks.
“Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!” Pelosi said in a tweet.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed a similar sentiment Tuesday night, taking aim at Republicans for previously blocking $2,000 stimulus checks proposed by Democrats.
“Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we’re glad to pass more aid Americans need,” Schumer said in a tweet. “Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get Republicans not to block it again.”
Democrats will offer the bill during the House’s pro forma session on Christmas Eve. They will seek unanimous consent to pass the proposal — forcing a Republican to show up and object in person to stop it.
It’s unclear what the exact language of the bill would be but Republicans are expected to object, putting them at odds with the president.
Trump ended the speech by suggesting that his administration might be the next administration, despite President-elect Joe Biden’s win over Trump in the November election. He asked that Congress send him a suitable stimulus bill, or else the next administration will have to provide one, which he said will “maybe” be his.
“I am also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items of this legislation and to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a Covid relief package, and maybe that administration will be me. And we’ll get it done,” Trump said.
Until his remarks Tuesday, Trump had been expected to sign the measure into law, which would allow at least some of the emergency aid to flow quickly. Even if Trump were to veto the bill, Congress passed the mammoth measure with enough votes in both the House and Senate to override that veto.
Heather Caygle contributed to this report.