Trump rejects US COVID-19 relief bill, calling it ‘a disgrace’

Washington: President Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected a $900 billion bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus package, calling it “a disgrace” and demanding that lawmakers more than triple relief payments to Americans.

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While he did not explicitly say he would not sign the bill, which passed overwhelmingly Monday in both houses of Congress, Trump made clear he would not accept the legislation.

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“It really is a disgrace,” he said in a video message posted to Twitter.

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“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple. I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and just send me a suitable bill.”

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