President Donald Trump will spend Christmas Day at his Palm Beach resort as millions of Americans face the risk of losing their jobs on Saturday and partial government closures next week, following his threat of not signing $ 2.3 trillion coronaviruses and spending money.
Democratic Alliance-elected President Joe Biden, whose victory Trump has refused to accept for nearly two months after the November 3 election, spends a day at his home in Delaware and has no public events, according to his staff.
Meanwhile, the US Congress, which was normally adjourned last December, will be preparing to return to work.
On Monday, following the Christmas weekend, the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote in favor of Trump’s $ 740 billion vote defense package. If the House vote is successful, the Senate can hold its vote on Tuesday.
The war on spending and aid comes as Americans face an unprecedented holiday season, amid a deadly epidemic in record numbers. About 320,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 this year and the number of daily deaths has more than 3,000 times, the highest number since the epidemic began.
The day before Christmas, Trump played golf while studying at West Palm Beach, Florida, and posted on Twitter a series of complaints repeating his baseless allegations about the election result, including one against Senate Republicans, who accused him of leaving because many now openly acknowledge Biden as the winner.
Trump issued a series of pardons this week, including former aides who were convicted of obstructing government investigations into Trump’s relations with Russia, and four independent security guards convicted of killing unarmed Iraqi people.
Trump surprised members of both parties when he unexpectedly announced this week his unwillingness to spend $ 2.3 trillion in spending, a package that had taken months for the House and Senate to negotiate. The bill provides for $ 892 billion in aid of coronavirus, as well as $ 1.4 trillion in general government allocations.
Trump, who was represented in legal talks by Finance Secretary Steven Mnuchin and did not oppose the conditions before the House and Senate vote, lamented that the package was full of special interest and foreign aid, saying that $ 600 in direct payments to many Americans was too small. $ 2,000.
A White House official said on Thursday that Trump’s threat to not sign the bill should not surprise us, knowing that Trump had previously signed a motionless bill against his better judgment and said he would no longer do so.
In December 2018, Trump began a 35-day state shutdown when he refused to sign a spending bill that did not include the money he wanted at the border wall.
Without his signature on the coronavirus aid document, approximately 14 million people will lose their unemployment benefits on Saturday, with a partial government shutdown to begin on Tuesday.
It is unclear whether Trump will sign the $ 2.3 trillion bill. Trump may also choose to take advantage of a situation known as “pocket veto,” rather than directly oppose the coronavirus aid package. Because the current Congress ends on January 3, Trump may allow a normal ten-day period during which the president has to sign or vote for the bill to expire. Bills die if they are not passed during Congress when they are introduced.
If he issues a veto, the House and Senate may try to write it next week. Congress is also likely to pass a stopgap spending bill on Monday, before government funding runs out at midnight.
And on Monday, the House of Representatives in the Democratic Alliance plans to vote on a law that provides once, $ 2,000 checks per person to help them during a coronavirus epidemic.