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Trump Threatens to Stall Coronavirus Aid Package, Calls for $2K Stimulus Checks

Lame-duck President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday night to torpedo months of bipartisan negotiations for a new coronavirus relief package by suggesting he will not sign it into law and demanding $2,000 in direct payments to families and individuals instead of the $600 payments earmarked in the bill.

Trump, in a tweeted video railing against Democrats and his loss to Joe Biden in November’s election, called the $900 billion package approved Monday by Congress “a disgrace,” adding that he preferred an increase of direct payments for most Americans from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples.

The Republican president also implored lawmakers to “get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill.”

His threat has larger implications: The coronavirus relief is part of a $2.3 trillion package that would fund the government through September. Should Trump not sign the package into law, the country faces a possible government shutdown at year’s end.

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