Trump urges Congress to draft covid relief bill

He asked, from twitter, to approve a new “large and focused” stimulus package for the economy to halt the deterioration caused by the pandemic.

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05:10 PM / 14/11/2020

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, urged Congress on Saturday to approve a new stimulus package for the “big and focused” economy to slow the deterioration caused by the pandemic and amid the stalemate in negotiations between the Democrats and the Republicans.

“Congress should now do a Covid Relief Bill. You need the support of Democrats. Make it big and focused. Make it!” Trump said on Twitter.

These are Trump’s first words regarding the talks to approve a new stimulus package, since a week ago the projections of the main media outlets gave Democrat Joe Biden the winner in the presidential elections on November 3.

For the moment, Trump has not recognized his electoral defeat and has denounced, without proof, that there has been fraud.

Before the elections, the President had made calls on several occasions to reach an agreement with the Democrats in Congress to agree to a new bailout of the economy, after the one approved last March worth 2.2 trillion dollars, the largest of US history.

The White House had been negotiating with progressives for months, but negotiations came to a standstill before the elections and have not yet resumed.

According to local media, if it resumes, it would be the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who has not yet recognized the victory of Biden, who would lead the talks, while the White House would remain in the background.

On Thursday, McConnell rejected requests from Democrats to agree on a big aid package: “That is not a place I think we are willing to go,” he said.

Republicans are advocating the passage of a limited bailout, similar to the $ 500 billion stimulus plan put forward by conservatives that was blocked in September and October by Democrats in the Senate.

The Republican proposal contemplates financing for small businesses and public health, but does not collect funds for local governments or direct deposits to citizens, as did the bailout approved in March.

Progressives are seeking a larger aid package that includes new unemployment benefits, a second round of direct checks to citizens, and assistance to state and local governments, among others.

The United States is the country in the world most affected by the pandemic, with 10,826,136 cases and 245,040 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.

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