President Donald Trump has voiced his doubts about providing help to a particular category of U.S. citizens. Namely, the ones led by Democrats.
“Why should the people and taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states (like Illinois, as an example) and cities, in all cases Democrat-run and managed, when most of the other states are not looking for bailout help? I am open to discussing anything, but just asking?” he tweeted on April 27th.
This was one of the outcomes of Trump’s meeting with The National Governors Association whose members are seeking a $500 billion aid to states to cover the losses caused by the COVID-19 lockdown. The meeting was held via a videoconference call.
The President recently had disagreements with several Democrat governors. On April 15th Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker told CNN that he has “given up” on the pandemic help from Trump administration:
“We have gotten very little help from the federal government. It’s fine. I’ve given up on any promises that have been made. I hope something will get delivered from the federal government, but I don’t expect it anymore.”
Another Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, has responded to Trump’s Monday tweet, saying that his state sends more money to the federal government than it receives.
According to The Hill, Cuomo mentioned paying $116 billion more than the New York state received in federal spending since 2015, He added that the state receives only 91 cents back for every $1 it gives to the government.