Sen. Bernie Sanders slams Trump as ‘unbelievably cruel’ for not signing coronavirus relief package and holding up unemployment benefits

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized President Donald Trump for not signing the coronavirus relief package and blocking unemployment benefits as “unbelievably cruel.”
  • “[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 for the working families of this country,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
  • Trump did not sign the $900 billion coronavirus relief package that Republican and Democrat lawmakers had finally reached a consensus on last week.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized President Donald Trump for not signing the coronavirus relief package, which jeopardized unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. 

“What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel,” the Vermont Democrat said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “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.”

Sanders has long advocated for a larger amount of direct payment to Americans than the $600 that has been proposed in the coronavirus relief package. Earlier this month, Sanders alongside other Democratic senators penned a letter that urged for a $1,200 direct payment and previously announced that he would oppose the coronavirus relief package unless it included the $1,200 direct payments.

“Yes, we do need to get 2,000 dollars out to every working-class individual in this country, 500 bucks for their kid,” Sanders said. “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 for the working families of this country.”

Trump did not sign the $900 billion coronavirus relief package that Republican and Democrat lawmakers had finally reached a consensus on last week after a much-heated exchange until the very last moment. He criticized the proposal’s $600 stimulus checks as “ridiculously low” and called for the payments to be increased to $2000.

Since Trump didn’t sign the coronavirus relief package before the end of Saturday, millions of Americans have lost at least one week of unemployment benefits, Business Insider’s Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported. 

The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on Sunday. 

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