Sanders said, “Everybody assumed that Mnuchin was representing the White House,” making it clear that Trump’s administration didn’t have any plans for increasing the sum of the direct payment amid negotiations.
There is no information yet on Pres. Trump’s real intentions and whether or not he will sign the stimulus package. However, Trump made it clear in his Saturday tweet that the $600 stimulus check is too low and that it should be $2000 instead.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
Sen. Sanders agrees with Trump on increasing the amount but he said it won’t be possible given the current economic crisis confronting the United States.
“My view is that, given the terrible economic crisis facing this country, yes, we do need to get $2,000 out to every working-class individual in this country, $500 for their kids — but you can’t diddle around with the bill,” he added.
Furthermore, Sanders said, “What the President is doing right now is unbelievably cruel. There’s money in that bill, and this president is diddling around, and he may actually veto it… What we need to do is have the president sign that bill today, right now, or else the suffering in this country will be immense.”