While U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has criticized President Donald Trump for his executive orders providing aid to Americans struggling with the economic fallout from an ongoing pandemic, Trump turned the tables on Pelosi in remarks this week.
In a statement on Wednesday, Trump referred to his announcement of executive action days earlier as evidence that he is delivering for U.S. citizens while Pelosi and her cohorts are doing nothing to help, as reported by Breitbart.
“The simple subject of politics”
The president’s orders came after Congress missed a Friday deadline he had given to reach a bipartisan agreement on the terms of the next coronavirus relief bill.
He blamed Democrats for the impasse, asserting that the party “abandoned the American people over the simple subject of politics” and pointed to his response as a tangible benefit to Americans who would otherwise not receive benefits like the extended additional unemployment benefits his orders dictated.
“That is $400 more than the Democrats have provided,” he said.
While partisanship is nothing new on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration has expressed particular concern over stalled negotiations amid the continued economic toll of pandemic-related shutdowns.
With tens of millions of Americans currently unemployed, it is critical for the federal government to intervene where appropriate. While even some in the GOP questioned Trump’s executive actions, others saw it as a necessary move to break the congressional logjam.
“Gone rogue, again”
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was among his party’s most vocal critics of the move, calling it “unconstitutional slop” in a statement that elicited a response from the president.
“RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he’s got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again,” Trump tweeted.
Aside from the president’s usual gang of critics, however, he has earned some praise for taking action where the legislative branch appeared unable to move forward on a deal.
Trump’s orders address a range of issues in addition to unemployment benefits, including a suspension of federal student loan payments, a moratorium on federal evictions, and a temporary halt on the collection of federal payroll taxes.
The president claimed Democratic leaders in Congress were holding this assistance “hostage,” and plenty of his supporters are applauding his willingness to take decisive steps to address their inaction.