Trump claimed expansive executive authority as coronavirus relief negotiations fall apart
President Donald Trump held a last-minute press conference on Friday night and claimed to be ready to use expansive executive power should negotiations with Democrats on another stimulus package end.
"If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage, I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the relief they need," Trump said.
He said he was prepared to move on unemployment insurance, an eviction moratorium, a payroll tax cut, and student loan relief. But the extent of his authority remained unclear as Trump did not provide fuller details.
On Friday, stimulus negotiations between the White House and top congressional Democrats collapsed after two weeks of fruitless talks. Trump blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, saying "they were only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states."