Lead Story: Trump Throws a Veto Bomb
President Trump is done playing politics and is doing what he wants. He is ready to tank the stimulus bill to get his way, ranting on Twitter about the election, and pardoning his allies.
To be fair, the President has said all along that he wants larger stimulus payments directly to the American people, and Congress brushed him off. They shouldn’t have done that because the bill needs his signature and he is not willing to give it as it stands.
The President posted a video to Twitter demanding $2,000 in direct checks instead of a measly $600 per person. He also wants the wasteful inclusions gone, such as the money for foreign governments and money for lobbyists. He calls the bill “a disgrace.” He makes a lot of sense when he calls out all the money that goes to Cambodia, Egypt, Venezuela, etc. He makes less sense when he says that he might lead the next Administration but you know, the guy can’t help himself.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is happy to vote for larger payments as she wanted that all along. She says that Democrats are ready to vote on that right away.
But are Republicans ready to vote on this right away or will this die a slow death now that the President has dug his heels in?
The President also posted a long video about his election fraud claims, which was immediately flagged by Twitter. And finally, he announced a large group of people who will receive pardons before he leaves office and they include two men who pleaded guilty during the Robert Mueller investigation, four Blackwater guards involved in the Iraq massacre, and former U.S. congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins.