Trump considers executive action on COVID-19 relief

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

>> Trace: MIKE TOBIN LIVE ON THE GROUND. THANK YOU. >> Sandra: AS OF YESTERDAY WE KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOW CONSIDERING EXECUTIVE ACTION ON A CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE

AS WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS ARE NOW EXPECTED BACK ON CAPITOL HILL TODAY TO CONTINUE NEGOTIATIONS WITH DEMOCRATS AFTER TALKS AGAIN STALLED. THE PRESIDENT CITING SOME

PROGRESS WITH THEM BUT BLUE STATE BAIL-OUTS ARE OFF THE TABLE. >> President Trump: WE’RE HAVING A VERY GOOD DISCUSSION WITH NANCY PELOSI AND CHUCK

SCHUMER. THE PROBLEM IS THEY WANT TO DO BAIL-OUTS OF THEIR VARIOUS DEMOCRAT-RUN STATES AND CITIES. AND THEY WANT A LOT OF MONEY. THEY WANT A TRILLION DOLLARS

FOR THAT. THEY WANT TO DO MUCH MORE THAN COVID RELATED. THEY WANT TO BAIL OUT CITIES AND STATES THAT HAVE BEEN IN TROUBLE FOR YEARS OF BAD

MANAGEMENT. IN ALL CASES DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES. WE DON’T THINK THAT’S FAIR. >> Sandra: KRISTIN FISHER IS LIVE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WITH

MORE ON THIS. THE PRESIDENT IS CONSIDERING UNILATERAL ACTION IF CAPITOL HILL CAN’T GET A DEAL DONE. WHAT EXACTLY WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE?

>> THE SPECIFICS ARE STILL BEING HASHED OUT. AT THAT BRIEFING YESTERDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP CONFIRMED THAT HE IS CONSIDERING TAKING EXECUTIVE ACTION TO STOP TWO

THINGS. PAYROLL TAX COLLECTION AND EVICTIONS. >> President Trump: I WANT TO DO THAT. I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO BE

EVICTED. IT’S CHINA’S FAULT. NUMBER TWO, IF THEY ARE THROWN OUT THEY WILL OFTENTIMES GO TO A SHELTER WITH TREMENDOUS NUMBERS OF OTHER PEOPLE AND THE

VIRUS WILL SPREAD AND WE DON’T WANT THAT. >> PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PUSH FOR A PAYROLL TAX CUT HASN’T BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL HILL OR REPUBLICANS.

THEY’VE SHOT IT DOWN REPEATEDLY. PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVES HE MAY BE ABLE TO ACT UNILATERALLY ON THIS. THE WHITE HOUSE’S PREFERENCE IS STILL TO TRY TO CUT A DEAL ON

CAPITOL HILL WITH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS LARGELY BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH THE PRESIDENT CAN DO WHEN HE IS TRYING TO SECURE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF CORONAVIRUS RELIEF

FUNDS. IF THEY DO NOT CUT A DEAL, SANDRA, THE WHITE HOUSE IS PREPARING TO ACT ALONE ON THIS. >> Sandra: WITH THAT BEING THE BIG QUESTION WHAT CAN WE EXPECT

TODAY KRISTIN IN TERMS OF NEGOTIATIONS ON CAPITOL HILL? >> THE TOP FOUR NEGOTIATORS WILL BE BACK AT IT ON CAPITOL HILL. SCHUMER, PELOSI, MUTSCHIN AND

MEADOWS. AFTER MEETING FOR TWO HOURS YESTERDAY WHEN SCHUMER WALKED OUT HE MADE IT SOUND THEY WERE STILL IN THE VERY EARLY STAGES OF THESE NEGOTIATIONS.

LISTEN HERE. >> WE’RE REALLY GETTING AN UNDERSTANDING OF EACH SIDE’S POSITION. AND WE’RE MAKING SOME PROGRESS ON CERTAIN ISSUES MOVING CLOSER

TOGETHER. THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES THAT ARE STILL OUTSTANDING BUT I THINK THERE IS A DESIRE TO GET SOMETHING DONE AS SOON AS WE CAN.

AND SO WE CONTINUE TO WORK. >> I WOULD HAVE PLAYED FOR YOU WHAT MARK MEADOWS OR MNUCHIN SAID BUT THEY DIDN’T SPEAK IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS AFTER THE NEGOTIATIONS YESTERDAY.

MAYBE THEY WILL TODAY. THAT MEETING SET FOR THIS AFTERNOON, SANDRA. >> Sandra: A QUICKLY CHANGING AND DEVELOPING SITUATION.

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