Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Friday night after spending part of the day with President Trump that the president is “more determined than ever” to stick by his demand for bigger stimulus payments for Americans than those approved by Congress in a bill passed this week.
Graham’s remarks come as Trump and Congress are locked in a standoff over the size of payments to millions of Americans as part of the latest COVID-19 relief bill, after the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that Trump has criticized and not signed, putting it in limbo.
“After spending some time with President @realDonaldTrump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection,” Graham tweeted on Friday night.
“Both are reasonable demands, and I hope Congress is listening. The biggest winner would be the American people,” he added.
Graham, a top Trump ally in Congress, weighed in after spending time golfing with the president at his club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. The president is staying at his nearby Mar-a-Lago resort for the holidays.
The $2.3 trillion government funding and coronavirus relief package arrived at Mar-a-Lago this week, though its fate is unclear. While he has not threatened to veto the bill, the president also has not said he’ll sign it.
Trump has been at odds with Congress this week over the latest coronavirus deal, with his surprise opposition to the legislation throwing the latest relief bill and government funding package into uncertainty.
The president has criticized the $900 billion COVID-19 deal, which came after months of slow-moving negotiations between both parties as well as his administration, by focusing on the size of the payments to Americans. He has called for $2,000 payments instead of the $600 payments that lawmakers approved along with a number of other provisions to provide economic relief amid the pandemic.