Trump rejects coronavirus relief package, urges Congress to increase direct checks to Americans to $2000 from $600 Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 4, 2021

U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday night indicated in a surprising video message that he will not sign the $900 billion coronavirus relief package, and the $1.4 trillion government funding measure passed by Congress on Monday until it is amended with more money going to the American people.

Trump said while billions of dollars were going to people outside the United States, most Americans would receive only $600 direct payments, adding that the money should be increased from $600 to $2000 per person or $4000 for a couple.

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However, most of the items Trump claimed were not related to COVID-19 package, were actually part of the $1.4 trillion government funding bill, which was passed alongside the coronavirus relief package.

Claimed said if the bill is not amended, the next administration may have to deliver a relief package, adding that maybe that administration “would be me.”

Trump has refused to concede defeat and despite widespread voter fraud claims, he has been unable to provide any evidence and the electoral college has elected Joseph R. Biden to become the 46th President of the United States.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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