Trump signs Covid relief bill after refusing to ok $900BN stimulus deal that caused 14M to lose unemployment benefits

DONALD Trump has reportedly signed off on a Covid package after previously refusing to sign – costing 14million Americans' unemployment benefits to run out.

Sources told Politico that Trump signed off on the $900billion bill on Sunday night.

The reported signing of the package came as Trump teased news on the Covid deal – after refusing to sign off on the deal last week.

"Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow!" Trump tweeted on Sunday night.

Democrats and Republicans agreed on the deal that would give $600 stimulus checks to Americans ahead of Christmas .

Trump had refused to sign off on the package, however, demanding that the $600 stimulus check payments be increased to $2,000.

A standalone bill guaranteeing the $2000 checks was proposed by Democratic "squad" members on Christmas Eve – and members of Congress were set to vote for updated deals on Monday.

As part of Trump's signing off on the package, members of the House agreed to vote on increasing the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000, according to documents shared by Politico.

The increase could give families of four payouts of $5,200.

Without Trump signing off on the package, the US Government was to head in a shutdown.

On Saturday night, Trump again blamed China for the Covid pandemic as he demanded a higher stimulus payout for individual Americans.

"$2000 + $2000 plus other family members. Not $600. Remember, it was China’s fault!" Trump tweeted.

More to follow…

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