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Leading Democrats criticise Trump’s coronavirus relief policies

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have strongly condemned Donald Trump for the executive orders he signed on coronavirus relief. 

The policies included extending unemployment benefits, preventing evictions during the pandemic and a payroll tax holiday for those earning less than $100,000. 

The Democrats say the president has not offered a generous enough coronavirus package to tackle the economic and health crises facing lower-income households. 

In a tweet, Ms Pelosi described the president’s announcements on Saturday as “meagre” and said they will “provide little real help for families”.

She also released a joint statement with Mr Schumer after Mr Trump laid out his policies at a press conference at his golf resort in New Jersey on Saturday.

Under the executive orders the president signed, Mr Trump lowered employment benefits from $600 to $400 a week.

“We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his golf course to announce unworkable, weak & narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security & Medicare,” the statement said. 

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