Trump Abandons Struggling Americans And Puts Our Economy At Further Risk
October 7, 2020
Trump has made clear that he has no interest in the human and economic toll of a pandemic that continues to ravage the country and wreck our economy because of his failed response. In a tweet yesterday, Trump abruptly walked away from stimulus talks until after the election, once again abandoning millions of Americans who are in need of relief.
Trump abruptly cancelled coronavirus relief talks until after the election, putting millions of struggling Americans and our economy at further risk.
TRUMP: “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”
Bloomberg: “U.S. Faces a New Wave of Economic Pain as Trump Halts Aid Talks”
Washington Post: “Trump just crushed stimulus talks, endangering the U.S. economy and 26 million on unemployment”
New York Times: “U.S. economy without more stimulus is nearing a dangerous ‘tipping point.’”
As Trump closes the door on more stimulus, even his appointees and top aides warn it could do lasting economic damage.
Washington Post: “Powell warns of severe, ongoing risks to the economy hours before Trump ends stimulus negotiations until after election”
Bloomberg: “Tyler Goodspeed, acting director, United States Council of Economic Advisers, says the economy could use some more support.”
Washington Post: “Mnuchin, as well as members of Congress from both parties, have said more stimulus is needed, a point bolstered by an unexpectedly weak September jobs report on Friday.”
CNN’s Harlow: “Stimulus talks are dead. It’s a tragedy for millions of Americans. Here’s what it means for the U.S. economy Kevin Hassett — Former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors to @realDonaldTrump — tells me tonight: ‘We remain close to the edge of an economic calamity.’”
Americans across the country were already struggling from the pandemic made worse by Trump’s failed response — now he’s abandoned them again.
“I was stunned. Completely stunned. What are we supposed to do? … These small businesses, we are hurting.” – Small business owner
“[Trump’s] forgetting about true American economic recovery and the people.” – Laid-off flight attendant
“I don’t have enough, unfortunately, to get by. No one knows what’s going to come next and how to prepare.” – Flight attendant on the verge of being furloughed
“Knowing that I may not have insurance benefits, I feel like I have failed. I’m the primary breadwinner in this family.” – Worker facing a layoff
“We’re crying for help and no one is hearing.” – Airline worker
“We can’t afford our mortgage, our car payment, our other utilities… there really isn’t anything out there for us right now.” – Airline worker
“At this point I don’t have a Plan B.” – Flight attendant facing layoffs
“I’m still kind of worried about going back to work. My youngest is 10 months and my oldest is autistic. The program my autistic child was in has not opened back up yet.” – Unemployed mother
“I get $247 a week in unemployment. Who can live on that? Who? Nobody I know. I haven’t been this poor since I was a teenager.” – Unemployed worker
“You don’t want to cry, but sometimes you have no choice. People need to know how unfair this has been.” – Worker behind on his bills after losing work
“I want to make sure the kids get food. If there’s anything left in their bowls, I’ll eat. I never eat before they do. I want to make sure they’re full.” – Unemployed single mother
“Everything is upside down in our world.” – Laid-off worker