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 John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance 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 ObamaObama warns of a 'decade of unfair, partisan gerrymandering' in call to look at down-ballot races Quinnipiac polls show Trump leading Biden in Texas, deadlocked race in Ohio Poll: Trump opens up 6-point lead over Biden in Iowa 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 McConnellTrump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power 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 PelosiPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit MORE (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish 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.”