President Trump has reversed course after seemingly calling off negotiations until after the election, urging Congress to pass a number of coronavirus relief measures, saying, “Move fast, I am waiting to sign!”
Plus, declassified documents show Obama was briefed on Clinton’s Russia hoax plan, and Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris will debate tonight at 9 PM ET.
Trump urges Congress to rush passage of coronavirus relief measures
On Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump tweeted: “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill,” he reversed course and urged Congress to quickly pass relief bills, Fox reported.
In a pair of early evening tweets, the president renewed his calls for Congress to move swiftly and passing coronavirus relief measures.
Trump tweeted: “The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!”
In a second tweet, Trump wrote: “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy? @MarkMeadows @senatemajldr @kevinomccarthy @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer.”
In a third tweet, President Trump wrote: “Move Fast, I Am Waiting To Sign! @SpeakerPelosi.”
Where negotiations are stalling
The problem, however, isn’t this agreement among Congress about the necessity of relief measures, the disagreement comes over the size and scope of it. Last week, House Democrats whittled down their initial $3.4 trillion package to $2.2 trillion, while the Trump administration countered with a $1.6 trillion plan that Speaker Pelosi rejected as “inadequate.”
The main sticking point is aid to state and local governments which Republicans call a “blue state bailout.”
Last week, Trump said of the plan: “[Democrats] just wanted to take care of Democrat failed, high crime, Cities and States. They were never in it to help the workers, and they never will be!”
Russia documents declassified, Obama was briefed on Clinton “plan”
President Donald Trump authorized the declassification of all documents related to the Russia investigation, as well as the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, Fox reported. After Trump’s authorization, John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declassified the document.
Trump tweeted: “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!”
In a second tweet, Trump wrote: “All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago. Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!”
DNI: Obama was briefed
The now-declassified documents reveal that former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s purported “plan” to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server” ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Fox reported.
“We’re getting additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED],” Brennan notes read. “CITE [summarizing] alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”
Pence and Harris to debate tonight, October 7
The one and only vice presidential debate to occur before the November election happens tonight, Wednesday, October 7, 2020. The 90-minute debate will air commercial-free on most major networks beginning at 9 PM ET.
Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris will go one-on-one in a live debate held in Salt Lake City, where the two candidates will be distanced 12 feet apart behind Plexiglas shields. The moderator will be Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief of USA Today. A list of topics for the bait has not been released.