President Donald Trump said he would approve a coronavirus relief package that provides billions of dollars in funding for the U.S. Postal Service if Democrats stop holding up direct payments to Americans.
"Sure, if they gave us what we want, and it's not what I want, it's what the American people want," Trump said during a news conference.
The president also recited a tweet he sent out right before the press conference that said he had directed the Treasury Department to prepare more direct payments for Americans.
"I have directed @stevenmnuchin1 to get ready to send direct payments ($3,400 for family of four) to all Americans. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!"
However, he said he wanted Congress to approve a bill that included those payments.
Trump accused Democrats of holding up more money for small businesses and funding for local police departments, first responders, and educators.
Democrats have called on the president to discontinue his "sabotage tactics" against the Postal Service.
"House and Senate Democrats call on the president to immediately cease his assault on the Postal Service, make clear that he will allow the 2020 election to proceed without his sabotage tactics and enable the American people the same opportunity he and the first lady requested this week to vote by absentee ballot," Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement Friday.
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