One of Donald Trump’s most infamous statements on the campaign trail for the 2016 election was the outrageous claim that he was going to make Mexico pay for the multi-billion dollar wall that he promised to build along the border.
Of course, the wall is still not built, and Mexico has no intention of paying for it. In fact, just this month it was reported that portions of the existing wall are being stolen and sold for scrap metal.
Now, in a recent interview with Fox Business, Trump has suggested that he will somehow force China to cover the costs of the next COVID relief package in the United States, and that he would make the price tag even higher.
“I would [go higher] because this was not caused by our workers and our people, this was caused by China and China will pay us back in one form or another,” he said.
“The Republicans are willing to do it. I’d like to see more money, because it comes back. It’s going to come back anyway. We’re gonna take it from China. I tell you now, it’s coming out of China. They’re the ones that caused this problem,” he added.
When Trump was asked about how he would make it happen, he replied, “There’s a lot of ways and I’ll figure every one of them out. I already have them figured out. You know we’ve taken billions and billions of dollars for China over the last couple years.”
He also said that he has not talked with China’s President Xi Jinping in “a while” and said, “I don’t want to speak to him.”
Earlier this month, the president created a panic when he announced that he would not continue to negotiate with Democrats on the stimulus package until after the election. However, Trump reconsidered his decision after the harsh reaction that he received from the news, but talks have still been stalled by politicians on both sides hoping to add personal or partisan projects to the bill. The White House also reportedly opposed one draft of the bill because they did not want to expand COVID testing to asymptomatic people, which further complicated negotiations.
On Saturday, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave the White House a 48-hour deadline to sign off on a COVID relief bill if Trump wants it finished by the election.
According to The Department of Labor, more than 26 million people were collecting some form of unemployment benefit as of mid-September.
Michele Evermore, senior policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project, says that people who live paycheck to paycheck are already struggling, and things could get worse when the temporary unemployment assistance goes away.
“I was really concerned about what would happen when the $600 goes away, but when people lose even the base benefit, people are going to become desperate. You will see this pain spread further and further into the economy,” told CBS News.
It seems that people are already getting desperate and in reality, many of us were before the pandemic even began.
Earlier this week, The Mind Unleashed reported that some students may be getting the COVID virus on purpose so they can later sell their plasma.
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