Millions of Americans are at risk of losing unemployment benefits because the outgoing US President Donald Trump does not want to approve the corona aid package decided by the US Congress after months of negotiations. Without the president’s signature, the right to the aid will expire on Saturday for around 14 million citizens. Trump surprisingly refused to sign the bill on Tuesday.
The draft was ready for signature on Friday afternoon (local time) at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The president played golf at the West Palm Beach Club on Friday: a person familiar with his activities said Trump had been to the golf course with his close ally Senator Lindsey Graham.
The corona aid of almost 900 billion dollars (738.13 billion euros) is part of a 2.3 trillion legislative package. Around 1.4 trillion of this is earmarked for regular government spending. Since these funds have also been blocked so far, the partial closure of authorities threatens from Tuesday. Trump had criticized parts of the draft as wasteful.
The president’s staff were surprised by his rejection of the bill, said a person familiar with the process. The further procedure is unclear. Trump could still approve the aid and state funds, as he had not explicitly threatened with a veto. (Reporters: Steve Holland and Tim Reid, written by Hans-Edzard Busemann; edited by Sabine Wollrab. If you have any questions, please contact the editorial team on 030 2201 33711 (for politics and business) 030 2201 33702 (for companies and markets )