Republican congressman from Ohio Anthony Gonzalez had some harsh criticism of his own for Donald Trump after the outgoing President complained about the coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress on Monday.
Trump criticized the bill suggesting it was funding too many overseas projects and that the $600 payment to Americans was not enough.
“A few months ago, Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people. It’s taken forever. However, the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated. It really is a disgrace,” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter. “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,” he added.
But Rep. Gonzalez said Trump is lying about the contents of the bill. As for the money funding foreign projects, the Ohio Congressman said Trump asked for it to be included.
“If @realDonaldTrump didn’t want money going to foreign countries, he shouldn’t have asked for it. 100% of the items he complained about last night were either a lie (i.e. illegals aren’t getting $1800) or things in HIS budget (all the foreign aid),” Rep. Gonzalez tweeted. “Also, the @HouseGOP has stood by him for 4 years. If he thinks going on twitter and trashing the bill his team negotiated and we supported on his behalf is going to bring more people to his side in this election fiasco, I hope he’s wrong, though I guess we’ll see.”
He continued: “Finally, people are conflating 2 things. The covid deal had none of the pork that is being discussed. It was, however, combined with the omnibus. The omni had tons of pork. Again, though, this was Trump’s pork.”
On Thursday House Democrats took Trump up on his offer to provide $2,000 stimulus checks for American families. The effort was shot down by the Republicans. Democrats will try once again to pass the bill on Monday in a recorded vote. Most Democrats support $2,000 payments so it will likely pass. The measure will then be lobbed to the GOP-controlled Senate where it will likely be killed by Mitch McConnell.