New Report Details How Trump’s Handlers Got Him To Sign Relief Bill: “Like Being A Hostage Negotiator”


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Finally, finally, finally, Donald Trump, on Sunday, when days after receiving the COVID-19 relief bill, signed it and the government funding bill his own administration helped negotiate. Trump released a bonkers statement alleging that Section 230 will be looked at (no, it won’t), and that is only because Twitter hurt his feelings. He then brought up voter fraud, but meanwhile, unemployment benefits lapsed for millions of Americans. At the same time, the president listed his grievances on Twitter from his fancy pants resort, Mar-a-Lago.

A report from Axios describes the negotiations Republicans had to go through to get our narcissistic president to sign the freaking bill. “The deal was closed on a Sunday afternoon phone call with Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy,” Axios’ Mike Allen reports. “This is good,” Trump finally said, an official familiar with the call told me. “I should sign this.”

It was, however, the same bill that had been sitting on his desk for days.


“Over many days, Mnuchin and McCarthy — aided by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who golfed with Trump in West Palm Beach on Friday — indulged the president’s rants, told him there was great stuff in the bill, and gave him “wins” he could announce, even though they didn’t change the bill,” the report states.

Getting a cranky, stubborn President Trump to belatedly sign the COVID relief bill, after unemployment benefits had already lapsed, was like being a hostage negotiator, or defusing a bomb.

That pretty much sums up the entirety of Trump’s presidency. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she would bring congress members back into session on Monday to increase the economic impact payments from $600 to $2,000. Trump claimed that he wanted $2,000 payments to Americans, but he attached that to Section 230 and widespread voter fraud that doesn’t exist.

And to confirm how little this president cares about struggling Americans, he golfed for three days straight in Florida, while vice-president Mike Pence took to the slopes in Vail, Colorado, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was near the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. America First, right?

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