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Wall Street Journal: Trump stretched law with executive orders, like Obama

Wall Street Journal: Trump stretched law with executive orders, like Obama
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The Wall Street Journal's editorial board criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE for signing executive orders Saturday to extend unemployment benefits and other coronavirus relief measures, likening his actions to those taken by former President Obama. 

In an editorial published late Sunday, the board wrote Trump was “right to walk away rather than succumb” to Democrats’ “multi-trillion-dollar blackmail,” but editors voiced concern about Trump's executive orders. 

“The bad news is that he followed the Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief MORE method with executive orders, one of which stretched the law in a way that a future progressive President will surely cite as precedent,” the Journal’s board wrote.

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The board said Trump‘s “worst order” was the one that extended temporary unemployment benefits. 

That order would extend the enhanced unemployment benefits that expired about two weeks ago, but the payments will be lowered from $600 to $400 per week and states are required to cover 25 percent of the costs. 

“Covid-19 is a national emergency, and unemployment is the result of the virus and government shutdowns. But Congress passed jobless aid as part of the Cares Act that was separate from the Disaster Relief fund. Mr. Trump is commandeering the power of the purse that the Constitution reserves for Congress,” the editorial board wrote. 

Trump signed the orders, which also suspend payroll taxes and offer federal eviction and student loan relief, at his private club in Bedminster, N.J., amid stalled negotiations between congressional Democrats and the White House on a fifth round of coronavirus relief in Congress. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.) said Saturday he supports Trump “exploring his options to get unemployment benefits and other relief to the people who need them most" and accused Democrats of sabotaging negotiations over a relief package. 

Democrats, however, quickly criticized Trump’s orders. In a joint statement, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin firm on support for filibuster, mulls making it 'a little bit more painful' to use Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE (D-N.Y.) said Trump's “meager announcements” show he “still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crisis facing working families.”