Donald Trump’s key economic advisor seemed struggling to elaborate on the specific details behind the president’s recent executive orders, which aimed to take action to alleviate coronavirus after negotiations stalled in Washington.
The executive orders would cut the government’s additional unemployment benefits granted during the pandemic from $ 600 to $ 400 and offer millions of Americans a payroll tax vacation that Trump would make permanent if re-elected in November.
But none of this was entirely clear when Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, spoke to CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday morning.
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He went on to claim that Americans would get up to $ 1,200 under the new measures if asked when the first relief checks would be received, saying, “I don’t want to be as specific as you can hang on to as you should, but I think it will be in a couple of weeks, and I think it will be around $ 1,200 per person – that’s a huge wage increase. ”
The economic advisor’s response did not include a specific timetable or the fact that the federal government will only pay $ 400 while states will have to pay 25 percent. In addition, it is not possible for people with unemployment benefit to earn a “wage increase” because they are not working and initially have no wages.
“You keep saying $ 1,200 per person. Are you talking on top of the unemployment they’re already getting?” Mrs. Bash asked Mr. Kudlow.
“No, this is the paycheck – no, I’m sorry, sorry, the $ 1,200 will come from postponing payroll taxes – yes, I’m sorry,” Kudlow replied.
Then he again claimed that unemployment benefits would amount to “$ 800,” which confused the anchor.
“$ 800 or $ 400?” She asked.
“No, it should be four – it should be $ 800,” said Kudlow. “If the states rise, we’re ready to do that. That should be $ 400 and $ 400.”
Ms. Bash then went out on the matter and said to Mr. Kudlow, “Okay, we’re going to move on because I think that’s not what the President said and it’s a bit confusing, and I think that’s The fact that it is not entirely known is very telling. ”