Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has been leading the charge for $2000 stimulus checks to Americans explained to ABC's THIS WEEK that Trump is acting "unbelievably cruel" by denying the American people relief after his 11th hour refusal to sign the passed legislation by Congress.
Sanders said, "What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel. Many millions of people are losing their extended unemployment benefits. They're going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending. We are looking at a way to get the vaccine distributed to tens of millions of people. There's money in that bill.
He continued, "And this president is diddling around and he may actually veto it. My view is that given the terrible economic crisis facing this country, yes, we do need to get $2,000 out to every working class individual in this country, $500 for their kids. But you can't diddle around with the bill. Sign the bill, Mr. President, and then immediately, Monday, Tuesday, we can pass a $2,000 direct payment to the workings families of this country."
Steve Mnuchin the Treasury Secretary was negotiating this deal with Congress as a representative of the Trump administration.
However, Trump released an off-the-wall four minute video after Congress left town after passing a budget and a covert relief bill it took everybody by surprise. Many of the agreed foreign aid that Trump complained about came from the his own White House.
Guest host Jonathan Karl replied, "This was out of the blue. I mean, the White House actually had said or suggested that he was going to sign it as soon as it hit his desk."
Sen. Sanders noted, "No, not a word. No, everybody assumed, everybody, that Mnuchin was representing the White House. I talked to Mnuchin a couple of weeks ago. And that was the assumption that everybody had."