“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” President Trump said in a video message posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
He slammed the 5,593-page, $2.3-trillion spending bill, including $900 billion in COVID relief, as a “disgrace” because it doesn’t prioritize needy Americans:
COVID “was China’s fault. Not their fault,” Trump said.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 (direct payment) to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple. I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from 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 will get it done.”
Trump pointed out some of the foreign aid contained in the portion of the bill that funds government operations:
For example, among the more than 5,000 pages in this bill, which nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity – it’s called the COVID relief Bbill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID. Read more…