House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been stalling negotiations on another coronavirus relief package for nearly two months in the hope of pressuring Republicans to cede to Democrat demands included in the legislation.
President Donald Trump previously sidestepped Pelosi to offer unemployment relief via executive action. On Thursday, he did it again, this time announcing billions in financial aid for farmers who’ve been impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic.
Trump reveals new financial aid for farmers
During a “peaceful protest” campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday, President Trump singled out struggling farmers as the next recipients of federal aid from his administration, $13 billion worth, to be exact, The Hill reported.
“I’m proud to announce that I’m doing even more to support Wisconsin farmers,” Trump told the thousands who gathered to hear him speak at the airport in Mosinee, Wisconsin.
“Starting next week my administration is committing an additional — you’ve been asking for this for a long time — $13 billion in relief to help farmers recover from the China virus, including Wisconsin’s incredible dairy, cranberry and ginseng farmers, who got hurt badly,” he added.
More details about the distribution of the aid are expected to be revealed on Friday, The Hill reported, according to an unnamed source said to be “familiar with the plans.”
Trump says Pelosi is holding up aid
Speaking with reporters on board Air Force One after the event, Trump criticized Pelosi for withholding aid from farmers, The Daily Caller’s White House correspondent Anders Hagstrom reported.
“She doesn’t want to give farm aid to the farmers. She doesn’t want to give farmers any help,” Trump said of Pelosi, according to Hagstrom. The president further alleged that Pelosi had been attempting to strip out $30 billion in aid for farmers in the coronavirus relief bill.
After Trump’s 90-minute rally in Wisconsin, he spoke to pool reporters for an additional 23 minutes on Air Force One.
He landed in DC at 12:45 AM, per pool. pic.twitter.com/gwoakmiNjj
— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) September 18, 2020
Trump again blasted Pelosi in a tweet on Friday morning: “Pelosi wants to take 30 Billion Dollars away from our great Farmers. Can’t let that happen!”
Trump aids farmers again
This isn’t the first time that President Trump has aimed financial assistance directly at farmers. In April, the Agriculture Department disbursed about $19 billion in aid to farmers as part of the CARES Act. The aid was intended to help farmers negatively impacted by supply chain disruptions and decreased revenues as a result of the pandemic-related shutdowns.
Separately, Trump also supported the distribution of about $23 billion in subsidies for farmers who have been impacted by his administration’s pre-pandemic tariffs on China.