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Unemployed? Donald Trump Just Cost You $300.

December 29, 2020

Unemployed? Donald Trump Just Cost You $300.

Lame duck President Donald Trump spent Christmas on his Palm Beach golf course, diligently dithering and refusing to sign the latest COVID economic relief bill, so supplemental payments to 14 million unemployed Americans expired. He finally was cajoled into signing on Sunday, but states could not begin cutting checks until he did, so the delay means January’s first payments could not be processed. Since the supplemental weekly support must end on March 15, Donald Trump trimmed the extension of benefits from 11 weeks to 10.

When unemployment benefits ran out, Mr. Trump was on his golf course with Lindsey Graham, Vice President Mike Pence was skiing in Vail, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a private jet down to his vacation home near Cabo San Lucas.


“Trump just cost jobless workers one week of federal unemployment assistance after he failed to sign the relief bill by midnight on Saturday,” Kelsey Vlamis and Joseph Zeballos-Roig, Business Insider

“Extra unemployment benefits may take weeks to arrive. Fewer checks may be coming.” Greg Iacurci, CNBC

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