Trump again calls for $2,000 checks as COVID aid bill remains in flux

“Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida. Why would politicians not want to give people $2000, rather than only $600? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!” Trump tweeted.

The Covid aid legislation was sent overnight from Washigton and arrived at Trumps’ Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the president is spending the holidays.

Lawmakers on Friday were still waiting to see how Trump would proceed with the year-end spending and $900 billion Covid-19 relief package that passed both chambers of Congress earlier this week. That bill included a new round of $600 direct payments and help for jobless Americans, families and businesses struggling in the pandemic.