Trump Shows He’s ‘Clearly Confused’ About Status Of Disaster Relief Bill
President Donald Trump praised passage of a bill that passed the House of Representatives on Monday evening that would grant $19.1 billion in aid to areas of the United States hit by natural disasters in recent years.
Trump tweeted out that it was time the Senate pass the bill too, so that he could sign it into law as soon as possible.
“[The] House just passed the 19.1 Billion Dollar Disaster Aid Bill. Great, now we will get it done in the Senate!” Trump wrote, reported USA Today. “Farmers, Puerto Rico and all will be very happy.”
For all of Trump’s enthusiasm, however, he was clearly out-of-the-loop on the bill’s status. The Senate had already passed the bill, and its passage in the House meant all that was was needed at this point was the president’s signature.
Upon realization of that fact, it appears that Trump (or his people) deleted the tweet.
But the internet remembers everything, and many were quick to point out Trump’s foibles, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“President @realDonaldTrump, you’re clearly confused. The Senate passed the bill two weeks ago,” Schumer wrote.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 4, 2019
The bill was passed by the Senate in May by a bipartisan margin of 85 votes in favor versus 5 votes against.
Within the House on Monday, the measure also had bipartisan backing, although passage took longer than most had wanted. On three occasions before the vote earlier this week, Republican lawmakers in the House blocked a “voice vote” on the bill, which would have granted its passage in a more expedited way.
The bill, despite being blocked by some members of his own Republican Party at times, has the backing of the president, according to reports from CNN.
The bill had been held up for some time, however, even before the blocking of the voice votes, due to GOP criticism of additional aid being paid out to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Trump previously accused Democrats of somehow blocking the passage of the bill after insisting aid go to the U.S. island territory.