Trump is sending out letters to millions of Americans praising his own response to the pandemic

Greg Evans
Thursday 30 April 2020 11:30
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People across the United States who are unable to work because of coronavirus have begun to receive their stimulus cheques from the government.

In addition, they will also receive a letter from Donald Trump, not about the cheques, but in praise of his own administration's economic response to the pandemic.

This comes just a few weeks after it was reported that distribution of the cheques would be delayed by a few days because Trump's signature was to be printed on them, the first time in history a stimulus cheque had featured the president's name.

Now, 15 days after they received the cheque as part of the CARES Act, which was signed into law last month, they will receive a letter, written in both English and Spanish which lays out exactly how the White House has been dealing with the pandemic while also 'waging total war' on the virus.

The first half of the letter reads:

My Fellow American,

Our great country is experiencing an unprecedented public health and economic challenge as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. Our top priority is your health and safety.

As we wage total war on this invisible enemy, we are also working around the clock to protect hardworking Americans like you from the consequences of the economic shutdown.

We are fully committed to ensuring that you and your family have the support you need to get through this time.

It then goes into details about the CARES Act and the stimulus cheque before concluding with:

Every citizen should take tremendous pride in the selfishness, courage and compassion of our people. America's drive, determination, innovation and sheer willpower have conquered every previous challenge and they will conquer this one too. Just as we have before America will triumph yet again - and rise to new heights of greatness. 

We will do it together, as one nation, stronger than ever before.

The letter is then signed off by Trump.

People have been quick to criticise this initiative from the president, with many calling it a political tactic to garner more support.

This is not the first time a president has done this. As The Washington Post reports in both 2001 and 2008, George W Bush sent letters to those receiving stimulus packages from the government. Bush received similar criticism for the move.

These stimulus cheques will see individuals who earn less than $75,000 receive the full $1,200. An extra $500 can be applied for those looking after someone under the age of 17. Democrats have already argued that this one-time cheque will not be enough to see some families through the entire pandemic, which Trump's treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, had suggested was possible.

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