Normally, Representatiev Ilhan Omar is not a person to be taken seriously.
In a surprising turn of events, however, Omar tweeted praise for President Trump’s response to the outbreak’s effect on the economy. Several of Trump’s ideas include emergency cash payments to Americans and suspending home foreclosures.
It’s refreshing to see a politician put aside partisan differences and give credit where credit is due.
Check out the latest:
NBC previously reported on the Trump administration's cash payment proposal:
The Treasury Department will ask Congress for $500 billion in direct payouts for taxpayers as part of a $1 trillion stimulus package to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a proposal obtained by NBC News.
The two rounds of direct payments to taxpayers, each totaling $250 billion, would be sent on April 6 and on May 18, according to the proposal. They would be tiered payments, with the amounts based on income level and family size, the proposal says. Both payments would be for the same amount.
President Donald Trump was asked about the proposal at a coronavirus briefing at the White House on Wednesday. "I don't want to get in that right now" because "different numbers" are being discussed, he said, but he added, "We want to go big."
The Treasury is also asking for $50 billion for the airline industry, a small business interruption loan program of $300 billion and $150 billion for other distressed sectors, the proposal said.
Trump had initially favored a payroll tax cut to bring relief to Americans struggling financially, but a number of lawmakers across party lines have been pushing for direct payments to Americans.
The White House first floated its support for sending checks directly to Americans during a news conference Tuesday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Trump wanted Americans to get relief as soon as possible.
"Americans need cash now, and the president wants to get cash now," Mnuchin said Tuesday. "And I mean now, in the next two weeks."
The Western Journal reports on Omar's tweet:
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar shocked her radical followers by praising President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a tweet Wednesday evening, the Minnesota Democrat wrote, “Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time.”
Omar was responding to a tweet from The Intercept journalist Lee Fang who reported on Trump’s actions on Wednesday.
During a media conference at the White House, Trump said Wednesday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be “suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April” in order to provide “immediate relief to renters and homeowners.”
The Treasury Department will also be asking Congress for $500 billion in direct payouts to taxpayers to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a proposal obtained by NBC News.
The report said the direct payouts would be part of a $1 trillion stimulus package.
The Trump administration has proposed two rounds of direct payments to taxpayers that would be sent out on April 6 and May 18.
President Donald Trump will also be invoking the Defense Production Act of 1950 to help with potential medical supply shortages in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Defense Production Act is a Korean War-era law that gives the president the authority to take action to force American manufacturers to ramp up production of certain critical equipment, according to The New York Times.
In response to COVID-19, some of the equipment could include ventilators, respirators and protective gear for health care workers.