President Donald Trump wants Americans to see his signature on the stimulus checks that will be sent out after he signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package into law Friday, an administration official told The Wall Street Journal.
Such checks would normally be signed by a disbursing officer, not the president. But Trump wants Americans to “appreciate” his help, according to the official.
While signing the bill into law in the Oval Office on Friday, the president appeared to express awe at the price tag attached to the legislation, calling it a “great honor” and saying, “I never signed anything with a T on it.”
Trump, who has faced criticism over his response to the coronavirus pandemic, went on to predict a “rebound like we have never seen before” by the end of the year.
The legislation he signed includes expanded unemployment benefits, direct cash payments to every American earning less than $99,000 a year, and billions in job retention loans for small businesses.