TRUMP SUP­PORTS MORE STIM­U­LUS CHECKS, WANTS MORE THAN $1,200

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY DAR­LENE SU­PERVILLE

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.”

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