What Donald Trump Has Said About a $2,000 Stimulus Check for Americans

President Donald Trump continues to push for stimulus checks of $2,000 for most Americans, even as the increase from $600 faces pushback in the GOP-controlled Senate.

"$2000 ASAP!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning before heading to his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Trump is spending the holidays at his nearby Mar-a-Lago resort.

On Sunday, Trump reluctantly signed the new economic relief bill that caps the checks at $600 per person, but as he did so, he issued a statement calling for Congress to fast-track approval for more money in the payments. The legislative session ends Sunday.

"As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.

He's continued to hammer the issue on Twitter. "Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!" he tweeted Tuesday. Trump also linked to a Washington Post story about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell using a procedural move to block his chamber's consideration of the $2,000 checks provided in a House bill.

But Trump has upped the ante, pushing McConnell to add poison pills to the bill, including a repeal of Section 230, which provides legal cover for social media, message boards and other online publishers for the content that people post on them. Trump also wants the Republicans to investigate election fraud, which he has baselessly blamed for his November 3 election loss to President-elect Joe Biden.

McConnell is now proposing linking those provisions to the request for increased stimulus checks, which could be a deal breaker because it would require House approval and the lower chamber has ended its work for the term. The next Congress, which will be sworn in on Sunday, would have to restart the process.

The Senate could still opt to take up the House bill providing the $2,000 checks, if McConnell allows it to be brought up this week.

Trump hasn't directly spoken to reporters about the latest relief package or his push for $2,000 checks, and he's made few open remarks since he lost the election. He has not conceded the race and continues to mount unsuccessful legal challenges in battleground states that he lost.

Trump stayed mostly on the sidelines and campaigned for re-election as lawmakers attempted to hash out a relief package over the summer and through the fall, and since November 3 he has been focused on fighting the election's outcome. As Congress neared its final deal on a bill, Trump released a video message that was produced by the White House. Addressing the coronavirus relief efforts, he blamed Democrats for the delay.

"Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it. It wasn't their fault, it was China's fault—not their fault," he said in the video. "I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple."

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President Donald Trump waves as he departs the White House on December 12. Al Drago/Getty