TRUMP SUPPORTS MORE STIMULUS CHECKS, WANTS MORE THAN $1,200
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he supports a fresh round of government payments to individuals to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic but “it has to be done properly.”
Trump also said he wants payments larger than the $1,200 the government sent to most individuals earlier this year. He did not say how big he’d like the payments to be.
Trump complained about creating disincentives for people to go back to work but appeared to be confusing the direct federal payments with a $600-per-month federal supplement for anyone collecting state unemployment benefits.
The $600 monthly federal unemployment benefit runs out at the end of July, and lawmakers are deciding whether to extend it. Republicans have argued against doing so, saying it created a situation where some people made more money collecting unemployment than they would if they had returned to work.
“We had something where they wanted, where it gave you a disincentive to work last time. And it was still money going to people and helping people so I was all for that,” Trump said during an interview with Fox Business Network. “But we want to create a very great incentive to work. So we’re working on that and I’m sure we’ll all come together.”