But, typical of liberals, they bite the hand that literally feeds them
A one-page letter from Trump started arriving over the weekend in the mailboxes of millions of Americans who received stimulus payments of up to $1,200 under a new law designed to help the economy recover from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Your Economic Impact Payment Has Arrived,” says the letter’s boldface heading. The letter, written on White House stationery, opens with the salutation, “My Fellow American.”
“Our great country is experiencing an unprecedented public health and economic challenge as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic,” the letter says. “Our top priority is your health and safety. As we wage total war on this invisible enemy, we are also working around the clock to protect hardworking Americans like you from the consequences of the economic shutdown. We are fully committed to ensuring that you and your family have the support you need to get through this time.”
At the bottom of the page – in bold, one-inch-high characters – the letter is signed “Donald J. Trump.”
“This will harm the IRS and its ability to appear nonpolitical and nonpartisan,” said Nina Olson, executive director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights. “If I were there, I would be strongly advocating against this.”
The stimulus payments are part of a $2.2 trillion economic recovery package approved by Congress and signed into law by Trump on March 27. The Treasury Department said last week that nearly 90 million people already have received payments totaling nearly $160 billion.
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The economic recovery law that provided for the stimulus payments requires that a written notice be sent via mail to the last known address of any taxpayer who received one of the stimulus checks. The law says the letter must be sent no later than 15 days after the money has been distributed and must include the payment method, the amount of the payment and an IRS phone number to report any failure to receive such a payment.
A one-page letter from President Trump started arriving over the weekend in the mailboxes of millions of Americans who received stimulus payments of up to $1,200 under a new law designed to help the economy recover from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. One side of the letter was in English, the other in Spanish.
The law doesn’t dictate who should send the letter. Asked who decided that the letter would come from Trump, the Treasury Department referred a reporter to Trump’s remarks at a news conference on Friday.
Trump said the letter was needed to fulfill the requirements of the law and to let “each American know that we are getting through this challenge together as one American family.”
“And that’s what’s been happening,” he said.
Olson said Trump’s letter is the first time she can recall the president sending a letter directly to taxpayers through the IRS.