Depending on which of his set of tweets is real, President Donald Trump may or may not be sending out more stimulus checks to American citizens before the election.
On Tuesday, Trump announced via his usual means of communication, Twitter, that all negotiations regarding another round of stimulus checks have been put on hold until after the election.
“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19,” Trump tweeted. “We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.
“I have asked @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Our Economy is doing very well. The Stock Market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the World in Economic Recovery, and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!”
Hours later, the President seemed to contradict himself in, you guessed it, another tweet, writing, “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?”
Check me on this, but isn’t that almost the exact opposite of his earlier tweets?
Wednesday morning, as he was busy retweeting and/or commenting on 49 different tweets in two hours (doesn’t he have work to do?), Trump followed up by telling Pelosi to hurry. (Didn’t he say he had instructed his representatives to stop negotiating until after the election?)
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
Trump also tweeted, “The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!”
Speaker Pelosi & Secretary Mnuchin spoke by phone at 9:33 a.m. The Secretary inquired about a standalone airlines bill. The Speaker reminded him that Republicans blocked that bill on Friday & asked him to review the DeFazio bill so that they could have an informed conversation.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) October 7, 2020
So there you go. We might be getting another stimulus check soon… I think. Maybe. I’m so confused.