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CNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on $2,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election

CNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on $2,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election
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CNN’s Michael SmerconishMichael SmerconishCNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on ,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election Trump attacks former DHS secretary over criticism of federal crackdown Former Homeland Security secretary says DHS not meant to be 'president's personal militia' MORE on Tuesday said that President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE’s call for $2,000 coronavirus stimulus checks is “politically speaking, the most effective thing that he has done since losing the election.” 

Trump on Tuesday said in a video posted on Twitter that the $2.3 trillion package Congress passed Monday, which includes stimulus checks of $600 and $900 billion in coronavirus relief, is “a disgrace,” though he did not explicitly threaten to veto the package. 

“Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses, and in particular restaurants, whose owners have suffered so grievously,” Trump said in his remarks. 

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Later Tuesday, former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here' C-SPAN's Steve Scully completes his three month suspension MORE told CNN’s Chris CuomoChris CuomoOcasio-Cortez says lawmakers fear colleagues sneaking firearms on House floor Ken Burns says US is experiencing its fourth 'great crisis' CNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on ,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election MORE that he thinks Trump will sign the stimulus after a congressional override of his veto.

However, Smerconish responded by saying he believed Cuomo and Scaramucci were “underestimating the president.” 

“I don’t think the perception of him being ‘the Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ is accurate,” Smerconish continued. “I think this is the arguably, politically speaking, the most effective thing that he has done since losing the election.”

“It is him, frankly, laying back on those arguments that first put him in office, that he’s the champion of a working person and he wants two grand in everybody’s pocket,” the television and radio host continued. “I think it’s very effective for him.”

Cuomo then said that while he agreed with this analysis, he said there is a cost if Trump delays signing the bill. 

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“Every day that is delayed because we’re seeing whether or not he is going to be Robin Hood or not, people are starving in this country, and the check’s not going to come,” Cuomo argued. 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law MORE (D-Calif.), who spent months pushing for a larger COVID-19 relief bill, quickly responded to Trump’s tweet Tuesday, saying she was in full support of increasing the size of the stimulus checks. 

"Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!" she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Justice watchdog to probe whether officials sought to interfere with election Capitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? MORE (D-N.Y.) urged Trump to sign the bill at hand, suggesting that more aid could be added later.

"Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we're glad to pass more aid Americans need," he tweeted.

Schumer on Wednesday signaled to the president on Twitter that he was "in" on increasing the amount in stimulus checks.

"Whaddya say, Mitch?" Schumer asked, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "Let’s not get bogged down with ideological offsets and unrelated items and just DO THIS! The American people deserve it."