Donald Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus relief

Yolanda Curtis
August 9, 2020

He said if he is re-elected in November, he may extend the deferral and terminate the tax.

"We've had it and we're going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers", Mr Trump said at a press conference in his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

It remains unclear what legal authority Trump has to enforce the actions. When asked about the decrease being a "hardship" for many he pushed back. He said 25% of it would be paid by states, whose budgets have been hard hit by the crisis. "Joe Biden and the Democrats may not want that, they don't want that".

"Democrats repeat our call to Republicans to return to the table, meet us halfway and work together to deliver immediate relief to the American people".

Trump said he might sign the relevant executive orders by the end of the week, adding that while he acknowledges the likelihood that "we'll get sued", the president said he wasn't anxious about an unfavorable outcome.

"What we're talking about is deferring the payroll tax for a period of months until the end of the year", Trump said, adding that deferment of the payroll tax would be retroactive until July 1 and that it may be extended at the end of the year. "And you do have tax inequality, and I'm saying that as a Republican". Everybody wanted it. By the way, the Democrats want it, the Republicans want it, they just couldn't get it, they just couldn't come to an agreement but everybody wants it.

Trump said he had intervened in the negotiations, in part, because Democrats had padded their bill with provisions that had nothing to do with coronavirus. "Lives are being lost, and time is of the essence", they said.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a series of executive orders to extend certain COVID-19 economic relief after negotiations between Republican and Democratic lawmakers fell apart.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had been in daily discussion with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

© Joshua Roberts/Reuters President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., August 8, 2020. He said the suspension would apply to people making less than $100,000 per year.

Democrats are likely to challenge the executive actions in court. "Sadly, they have done nothing to suggest otherwise", he wrote.

President Donald Trump said he would use executive action to extend the pandemic unemployment benefit, along with other measures, vowing to break the deadlock on Capitol Hill over a clutch of pandemic relief measures.

Trump set the internet ablaze when he referenced "Thighland" during a speech on Thursday, but he had a staunch defender in D'Souza, who mounted an hours-long campaign to turn the gaffe upside down - despite the fact that even Trump corrected himself shortly after he misspoke. "We want it to be very rapid". Maybe, they won't. But they won't win.

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