Palm Beach, Florida (Associated Press)-President Donald Trump played golf in Florida during Christmas because of the imminent government shutdown and the pending COVID relief measures.
Trump spent the holidays at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, and after questioning the future of large-scale COVID relief and government funding bills, there was no activity on his public schedule. Failure to sign the bill, which will arrive in Florida on Thursday night, could make it impossible for millions of dying Americans to undergo relief checks and force the government to shut down during the pandemic.
The White House declined to disclose the details of the president’s schedule, even though he played golf with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham on Friday, a close friend.
White House spokesperson Judd Deere said Trump was briefed on the explosion in downtown Nashville Earlier on Friday, the authorities said this appeared to be intentional, but the president did not make any public remarks in the following hours.
Trump said in a tweet that he planned to give “short speeches to service staff from all over the world”
While Trump was on vacation, Washington was still shocked by his surprise. The eleven-hour request was that Congress leaders spent months negotiating the year-end spending bill that provided most Americans with a $2,000 COVID relief check. -Much more than the $600 agreed by his party members. This idea was quickly rejected by House Republicans at a rare Christmas Eve meeting, putting the proposal into trouble.
After the White House assured Republican leaders of Trump’s support, the two-party compromise was deemed completed and won full approval from the House and Senate this week. If he refuses to sign the agreement with the $1.4 trillion government funding bill, it will force the federal government to shut down, except for postponing aid inspections during the worst pandemic, suspending unemployment benefits and eviction protection.
“I made a lot of phone calls and met at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida. Why don’t politicians want to give people $2,000 instead of $600?” After leaving the golf course on Friday afternoon, he tweeted. “It’s not their fault, it’s China. Give our people money!”
Graham tweeted on Friday night that Trump still intends to make changes before signing the year-end legislation.
“After spending some time with the president @realDonaldTrump, I firmly believe that he is more determined than ever to increase the stimulus payment to $2,000 per person and challenge Section 230 of the big technical liability protection.” He tweeted Said: “Both are reasonable requests, and I hope Congress will listen. The biggest winner will be the American people.”
In addition to COVID assistance, Graham also mentioned another Trump priority: the repeal of Article 230 of the 1996 Communications Act, which protects online platforms from responsibility for content posted by users.
Trump’s decision to attack the COVID bill is at least partially regarded as a political punishment because he believes that Congressional Republicans did not have enough support for his campaign to overturn the results of the November 3 election, and charged unfounded ballot fraud. Justified.
“At a meeting in Florida today, everyone was asking why Republicans didn’t fight for the fact that the Democrats stole the tampered presidential election?” Trump tweeted Thursday.
“I will never forget!” he added later.
Trump has refused to accept the election results for several weeks and has been pushing for new and increasingly brutal plans to overthrow the election results. He has always been attracted to his lawyers, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other allies, who arrived in Florida with the president and Air Force One by plane.
Trump did not provide reliable evidence to support his election claim, which was refuted by a long list of officials, including judges, former Attorney General William Barr, Republican governors and local election administrators.
At the same time, with the spread of the coronavirus, the United States continues to make a comeback, with the number of infections and hospitalizations reaching a record level, and more than 327,000 people have died. Due to the economic losses caused by the pandemic, millions of people are now spending holidays alone or struggling to survive without sufficient income, food or housing.
The Department of Justice said that the Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen (Jeff Rosen) also heard a briefing on the Nashville bombing and directed that all departmental resources must be provided to help. FBI spokesman Joel Siskevich said the FBI will lead the investigation.
After the explosion in downtown Nashville, the three were treated in a hospital in a recreational vehicle and warned that the explosion was about to occur. The explosion caused widespread communication interruptions, paralyzed the police emergency system and grounded flights at the city’s airport.
To commemorate this holiday, President and First Lady Melania Trump posted a pre-recorded video message on Twitter. They wish Americans a Merry Christmas and thank first responders and military members. .
Mrs. Trump said: “As you know, this year’s Christmas is different from previous years.” Mrs. Trump focused on the “kindness and courage” inspired by the pandemic.
Trump praised the vaccine doses being delivered and thanked those responsible. He said: “This is indeed a Christmas miracle.”
Meanwhile, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been trying to save the year-end legislation to prevent work stoppages. The Democrats will summon members of the House of Representatives to return to Washington on Monday to vote on Trump’s $2,000 proposal, although the proposal may die in the Republican-controlled Senate. They are also considering voting on a stopgap measure on Monday to at least avoid the suspension of the federal government and keep the government running until Democratic President Biden takes office on January 20.
In addition to relief inspections, the passed COVID bill will also establish a temporary supplementary unemployment benefit of $300 a week, provide a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants, and theaters, provide funding for schools, and provide health care. Provide funding and help distribute the COVID vaccine.