Lindsey Graham is reportedly trying to talk Trump out of coronavirus relief checks for Americans




Lindsey Graham is reportedly trying to talk Trump out of coronavirus relief checks for Americans
Lindsey Graham is reportedly trying to talk Trump out of coronavirus relief checks for Americans  

The freedom dividend's resurgence may be over before it even began.

During a Senate GOP lunch on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.) told his colleagues he was trying to talk President Trump out of supporting individual coronavirus relief checks for Americans, Politico reports. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was also trying to get Trump on Graham's side, per Politico.

Mandatory quarantines in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak have already left many Americans without jobs, at least until the businesses they work for reopen. And the economic effects of the new coronavirus' spread may leave some people more permanently unemployed. That's led to bipartisan lawmakers proposing issuing individual checks to all Americans; some proposals have limited them by income bracket, but others are universal. Even Trump has said he'd support individual payments, but Graham has publicly come out against issuing them to every American indiscriminately.

Still, just after the meeting, Graham tweeted a clip of his Thursday appearance on Fox News, during which he said the phase three package would provide people "income to get through this." He'd support supplementing traditional unemployment payments by providing "75 percent of people's income up to $80,000."

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was among the first congressmembers to propose issuing $1,000 checks to every American to support them during the COVID-19-induced economic turmoil - an idea that looked an awful lot like former 2020 candidate Andrew Yang's signature policy proposal.

More stories from theweek.com
7 funny cartoons about coronavirus hoarding
Senate GOP prioritizes business tax cuts in coronavirus stimulus package
Trump briefing notes show he replaced 'coronavirus' with 'Chinese virus' in Sharpie

COMMENTS

More Related News

Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media
Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media's Coronavirus Distortion

On Feb. 27, two days after the first reported case of the coronavirus spreading inside a community in the United States, Candace Owens was underwhelmed. "Now we're all going to die from Coronavirus," she wrote sarcastically to her 2 million Twitter followers, blaming a "doomsday cult

Trump Confronts a New Reality Before an Expected Wave of Disease and Death
Trump Confronts a New Reality Before an Expected Wave of Disease and Death

WASHINGTON -- Five weeks ago, when there were 60 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, President Donald Trump expressed little alarm. "This is a flu," he said. "This is like a flu." He was still likening it to an ordinary flu as late as Friday.By Tuesday, however

Barack Obama Takes Rare Public Swipe At Donald Trump Over Coronavirus Response
Barack Obama Takes Rare Public Swipe At Donald Trump Over Coronavirus Response

Obama also urged voters to "demand better of our government."

White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus
White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus
  • World
  • 2020-03-31 22:12:28Z

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a "rough two-week period" ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. "We really believe we can do a lot better than that," said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force. Trump called American efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus "a matter of life and death" and urged the public to heed his administration's guidelines.

'I Don't Think You Should Really Listen to What He Says': Don Lemon Says CNN Should Not Carry Trump's Coronavirus Pressers Live

CNN anchor Don Lemon on Monday night broke with the network's head over the live broadcasting of President Trump's coronavirus press briefings, calling it "a plot" and warning that Trump is "never, ever going to tell you the truth.""I'm not actually sure, if you want to be honest, that we should carry that live. I think we should run snippets. I think we should do it afterwards and get the pertinent points to the American people because he's never, ever going to tell you the truth," Lemon told fellow host Chris Cuomo during their nightly handoff.He pointed to Trump's sparring with media during the question-and-answer periods of the briefings, saying the president reacts to questions...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America