President Donald Trump blindsided House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) by sidestepping stalled congressional negotiations with a series of executive orders providing economic relief for Americans still dealing with the coronavirus shutdowns.
As a result, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) predictably slammed Trump’s COVID-19 relief orders as “meager” offerings, as The Washington Times reported.
According to The Hill, Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement Saturday that, “Today’s meager announcements by the President show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families.”
The two Democrats curiously made no effort to address the working American families that these measures will actually help.
Schumer and Pelosi continued saying, “We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare.”
Their statement conveniently neglected to mention the fact that the executive orders signed by the president are designed to provide enhanced unemployment benefits, defer payroll taxes for millions of Americans, extend a moratorium on federal student loan payments, and explore ways to stop certain types of foreclosures and evictions, as CBS News noted.
While President Trump is doing real work on behalf of those who need it, Democrats continue to obstruct, play politics, and refuse to pass real legislation.
The only thing that matters to the left is opposing President Trump, and their hostility toward his agenda is so entrenched that they make no effort whatsoever to disguise their animosity.
President Trump, as usual, is playing the long game here, and aspects of these executive orders have the potential become permanent policy if he wins the election in November.
His decisive actions came as a direct result of the inability of Congress to reach agreement on key relief measures, and by making these moves, President Trump is sending the message to the American people that he is looking out for them even if their other elected representatives won’t.
It would be nice if Pelosi and Schumer would spend more of their time finding solutions to problems instead of attempting to make political hay out of them.
The president’s executive orders were a masterstroke in terms of his re-election bid, because while it is certainly possible for the Democrats to initiate legal action to try and stop these measures from taking effect, just imagine the campaign ads that would likely result if they did.