Trump Threatens to Veto Stimulus Deal, Calls for $2,000 Direct Payments to Americans

  • Trump tweets address from the White House almost 24 hours after Congress overwhelmingly passes massive COVID relief and spending package
  • The twin bills come with $900 billion of economic aid, including $600 checks for most people, and $300-a-week unemployment boost
  • The spending portion keeps the government from shutting down
  • They passed the House 359-53 in the House and the Senate 91-7 – both veto-proof figures
  • But Trump, who sat out months of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, demanded ‘a suitable bill’ in what seemed to be a veto threat
  • Trump said it would be up to ‘the next administration’ to deliver a relief package if he does not get a suitable bill
  • He suggested he could succeed in overturning the election result before January 20 saying ‘maybe that administration will be me’