Stimulus Checks Delayed: To Get Trump's Signature On Them?
The New York Times reports Stimulus Checks Will Include Trump’s Name
President Trump’s signature will appear on the economic stimulus checks that will be mailed to millions of Americans beginning next month, the Treasury Department confirmed on Tuesday.
The decision to have Mr. Trump’s name appear on the checks, which is a break in protocol, was made by the Treasury Department after Mr. Trump suggested the idea to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to a Treasury official.The president’s name will appear on the “memo” section of the check because Mr. Trump is not legally authorized to sign such disbursements.
The decision to have Mr. Trump’s signature on the checks was first reported by The Washington Post, which said the move would result in a delay for getting the checks out the door because of technology changes needed to include the new signature.
Representatives for the I.R.S. and the White House referred questions to the Treasury Department. A Treasury official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, denied that the decision would delay the disbursement of the checks, and said that they would be mailed beginning next week.
Whom to Believe?
We have an official rumor and an official denial.
It is rather curious that the official denial was made anonymously. But, who knows?
We are dealing with the Trump administration and the Washington Post, both known liars. So you make the call.
Foolish No Matter What
If true, it will be a campaign scandal.
True or false, it's the independents and swing voters who matter, and more of them that not will be shaking their heads over the arrogance of this petulant move even if the delay aspect is false.
This was a no-win move by Trump.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock