Trump's desperate attempt to look presidential in COVID-19 crisis falls flat across the board
Impeached Oval Office squatter Donald Trump apparently had his chief of staff Mark Meadows, formerly the leader of the maniacs in the Freedom Caucus, blow up the negotiations with Democratic leaders to save the nation from coronavirus so Trump could sweep in with «executive orders» to save the day. Except that three out of four of the orders are actually memorandums, and none of them are actually constitutionally within his power to do. So, yeah, illegal. And not at all helpful for people whose lives have been upended by the crisis. There's no eviction moratorium, he would cut unemployment benefits by $800 in a month and it steals from FEMA (at the start of an active hurricane season), and would top if off by starving Social Security.
This hasn't been received well by anybody but the millionaires he announced it to at his luxury golf club last Friday. The New York Times reports it «resulted in confusion and uncertainty on Sunday for tens of millions of unemployed Americans and countless businesses seeking aid after critical benefits lapsed.» The Washington Post concurred, reporting that it «sparked confusion and frustration on Sunday among businesses, Democrats and state officials, some of whom lamented the moves would not deliver the necessary relief to cash-strapped Americans.» The bad press could be why Trump insisted Sunday that «The Democrats have called. They’d like to get together.» They haven't called. He tweeted it again on Monday, «So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it.» But it's still not true.