“A lot of people are going to be evicted but I’m going to stop it because I’ll do it myself if I have to,” Trump told reporters at an event at the White House. “I have a lot of powers with respect to executive orders and we’re looking at that very seriously right now.”

He later said that he could act in order to prevent people from being put in homeless shelters, where he said they could be at a higher risk of catching the coronavirus.

“They are thrown out viciously,” Trump said. “It’s not their fault.”

Similarly, he told reporters he could use an executive order to lower payroll taxes, another idea he was studying after the idea generated little enthusiasm on Capitol Hill.