Trump golfs in Florida as COVID aid hangs within the stability


President Donald Trump's motorcade arrives at Trump International Golf Club, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump’s motorcade arrives at Trump Worldwide Golf Membership, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in West Palm Seashore, Fla. (AP Photograph/Patrick Semansky)

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After tossing a grenade that threatens to explode an enormous COVID aid and authorities funding invoice and drive a authorities shutdown within the midst of a pandemic, President Donald Trump spent his Christmas Eve in Florida.

Failure to agree on the invoice may deny checks to tens of millions of Individuals on the brink.

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Trump had no occasions on his public schedule on the primary day of his winter trip Thursday, however traveled to his Palm Seashore golf membership, the place he was noticed by CNN cameras on the hyperlinks. Reporters got no particulars of his schedule for the day, however advised that, “Because the Vacation season approaches, President Trump will proceed to work tirelessly for the American Folks. His schedule contains many conferences and calls.”

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Trump’s departure got here as Washington was nonetheless reeling over his shock, eleventh-hour demand that an end-of-year spending invoice that congressional leaders spent months negotiating give most Individuals $2,000 COVID aid checks — way over the $600 members of his personal occasion had agreed to. The concept was swiftly rejected by Home Republicans throughout a uncommon Christmas Eve session, leaving the proposal in limbo.

The bipartisan compromise had been thought of a executed deal and had received sweeping approval within the Home and Senate this week after the White Home assured GOP leaders that Trump supported it. If Trump refuses to signal the deal, which is hooked up to a $1.four trillion authorities funding invoice, it’s going to drive a federal authorities shutdown, along with delaying assist checks and halting unemployment advantages and eviction protections within the midst of essentially the most dire stretch of the pandemic.

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It was a closing raised center finger to Republicans from a president who has been raging over his Nov. three loss to President-elect Joe Biden and making an attempt to provide you with new, more and more outrageous schemes to attempt to overturn the outcomes of a Democratic election. He has been egged on by allies like his lawyer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who accompanied the president to Florida aboard Air Power One.

Trump’s ire has been targeted, partly, on Republicans in Congress whom he believes have been insufficiently supportive of his quest to delegitimize Biden’s win by lobbing unfounded claims of mass voter fraud earlier than Congress meets to tally the Electoral School votes on Jan. 6.

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In Florida, Trump continued to rail towards the outcomes, complaining to members that he had been robbed of the election and voicing frustrations in regards to the year-end spending invoice.

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“At a gathering in Florida right this moment, everybody was asking why aren’t the Republicans up in arms & preventing over the truth that the Democrats stole the rigged presidential election?” Trump tweeted after he’d returned to his personal Mar-a-Lago membership. “Particularly within the Senate, they stated, the place you helped eight Senators win their races.”

“I’ll NEVER FORGET!” he wrote in one other,

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The statements underscored considerations that Trump is blowing up negotiations to punish lawmakers for what he sees as their inadequate help loyalty.

Trump has supplied no credible proof to help his election claims, which have additionally been refuted by an extended record of officers, from former Lawyer Basic William Barr to Republican governors, judges and native election directors.

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In the meantime, the nation continues to reel because the coronavirus spreads, with report infections and hospitalizations and greater than 327,000 now lifeless. And tens of millions at the moment are dealing with the prospect of spending the vacations alone or struggling to make ends meet with out ample earnings, meals or shelter because of the pandemic’s financial toll.

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To mark the vacation, the president and first woman Melania Trump tweeted out a pre-recorded video message during which they wished Individuals a Merry Christmas and thanked first responders and members of the navy.

“As you realize, this Christmas is totally different than years previous,” stated Mrs. Trump, who targeted on the acts of “kindness and braveness” the pandemic had impressed .

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Trump hailed the vaccine doses now being delivered and thanked these accountable. “It’s a really a Christmas miracle,” he stated.

In the meantime, Democratic Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been making an attempt to salvage the year-end laws to attempt to forestall a shutdown. Democrats will recall Home lawmakers to Washington for a vote Monday on Trump’s $2,000 proposal, although it will doubtless die within the GOP-controlled Senate. They’re additionally contemplating a Monday vote on a stop-gap measure to not less than avert a federal shutdown and maintain the federal government operating till Biden is inaugurated Jan. 20.

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Along with the aid checks, the COVID invoice that handed would set up a short lived $300 per week supplemental jobless profit, present a brand new spherical of subsidies for hard-hit companies, eating places and theaters and cash for colleges, and supply cash for well being care suppliers and to assist with COVID vaccine distribution.



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