Sanders on Trump’s COVID-19 stimulus reaction: ‘What the president is doing appropriate now is unbelievably cruel’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: GOP and nation grapple with what will come upcoming Trump stares down new impeachment menace Sanders defends press to impeach Trump: Insurrection will never be tolerated Far more (I-Vt.) on Sunday named out President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate stability officials of hindering endeavours to connect with in Countrywide Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump house Previous Democratic senator: Biden Justice Section could examine Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement More’s response to the $900 billion COVID-19 reduction monthly bill passed in Congress previous week “unbelievably cruel.”

On ABC’s “This Week,” host Jonathan Karl observed the president is essentially threatening to veto the legislation by contacting for more substantial direct payments of $2,000, a little something Republican lawmakers strongly oppose.

“What the president is doing appropriate now is unbelievably cruel,” replied Sanders. “Many millions of people are losing their extended unemployment benefits. They are likely to be evicted from their apartments since the eviction moratorium is ending. We are hunting at a way to get the vaccine distributed to tens of millions of folks. There is income in that monthly bill.”

Sanders said that, looking at the “terrible economic disaster facing this region,” the present-day invoice should really be handed instantly, just after which yet another monthly bill for the proposed $2,000 checks should be rapidly handed.

Trump’s phone calls for bigger payments arrived as very a shock, Karl observed, as several assumed he would indicator the aid monthly bill as soon as it landed on his desk. The ABC Information host requested Sanders if there experienced been communication coming from the White Home that indicated Trump’s position just before he all of a sudden called for larger sized payments.

“No. Everyone assumed — everybody — that Mnuchin was representing the White Residence,” Sanders replied, referring to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinSanders defends force to impeach Trump: Insurrection will not be tolerated Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: ‘As a nation we need to have to heal’ Scaled-down loan providers to get 1st crack at new PPP loans Additional. “I talked to Mnuchin a pair of months in the past, and that was the assumption that every person experienced.”

Karl ended the interview by requested Sanders for his views on President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenOutgoing Capitol Law enforcement chief accuses Residence, Senate security officials of hindering initiatives to call in Nationwide Guard: WaPo PGA announces strategies to move 2022 championship from Trump assets Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Division might investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement Additional‘s Cabinet picks.

“I imagine that the progressive motion justifies seats in the Cupboard. That has not but happened,” explained Sanders, though he refrained from commenting straight on any nominees.