President Trump repeated his calls for Congress to approve $2,000 coronavirus stimulus checks in a Christmas Day tweet, announcing he has been taking meetings over the holiday to secure a deal with lawmakers.

“Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida. Why would politicians not want to give people $2000, rather than only $600? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!” Trump wrote on Friday afternoon.


The president, who is spending the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort, refused to sign a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill before leaving Washington on Wednesday.

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After months of inaction, Congress passed a $900 billion aid package but Trump announced at the eleventh hour that he was blocking it, calling it a “disgrace.”

He called for Congress to amend the legislation and increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000, while also cutting down on foreign aid and other stuffing in the regular appropriations bill.

The House will meet on Monday to vote on stand-alone legislation for $2,000 stimulus checks. 

But not all Republicans agree with the president’s demands.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), one of the top Republicans in the Senate, said it would be “a mistake” to not sign the coronavirus relief bill.

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He predicted the $2,000 checks — higher than the $1,200 payments passed at the peak of the pandemic in March — would not pass the GOP-controlled Senate.

“It took us a long time to get to where we are. I think reopening that bill would be a mistake,” he said.

“The best way out of this is for the president to sign the bill, and I still hope that’s what he decides.”

On Thursday, members of the “Squad” introduced their own measure to provide $2,000 “survival checks” to struggling American families.

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“This holiday season, families are being forced to make incredibly difficult decisions, such as whether they should keep their lights on or buy groceries,” Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said in a statement.

“They are suffering to no fault of their own. We must protect public health and the economic well-being of those we serve. Providing $2,000 survival checks would give those struggling right now a lifeline as we continue to fight to defeat COVID-19.”

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